January 2021

The Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is organising a free webinar aimed at leaders, SEND managers and SEND teams.  Although this offer is from the ETF's SEND programme, the theme would be relevant to anyone working with learners and staff during Covid 19.

The webinar takes place at 2pm to 4pm on 1 February and is titled "Motivating and engaging our SEND community during the pandemic". It will be delivered by the ETF's three National Centres for Excellence in SEND and it's an opportunity to hear about effective practice during lockdown and to have time for group discussion.

The Cabinet Office Disability Unit has launched a public survey to inform development of the National Disability Strategy. 

The survey is hosted on Citizen Space. If you share your views by 13 February, your views will inform the development of the National Strategy for Disabled People, but the Disability Unit will continue gather views until 23 April, and your views will be used to inform the delivery of the plans they set out.

The Department for Education has published revised guidance for Further Education providers. The guidance sets out what further education and skills providers in England need to know so that students of all ages can benefit from their education and training in full. It explains the actions to take to stay as safe as possible in response to the challenges of coronavirus.

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Mark Pickles (Business Programme Director, National Grid)