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National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN)
NASEN is the leading organisation in the UK which aims to promote the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs. It reaches a huge readership through its journals: British Journal of Special Education, Support for Learning, Journal for Research in Special Educational Needs and the magazine "Special". The NASEN was formed in 1992 by the amalgamation of long-standing bodies with expertise and lobbying strength in the SEND sector. At present the NASEN is working with DfE funding to provide free training to all SENCOs in England. In 2011, 13 secondary SENCOs received training and from September 2012 free training for primary SENCOs will be taking place. This is in recognition of the ever-increasing need for SENCOs to be accredited and be part of senior leadership teams in schools, and details can be found on the the NASEN website.
The NASEN lobbies and works extensively with Government to support teaching and learning within SEN. We are delighted that Lorraine Petersen OBE, CEO of NASEN was a keynote speaker at our Company Day in July 2012. Lorraine updated us on the Green Paper and Next Steps, Pupil Premium changes, the new Ofsted and EYFS frameworks, the NC review, phonics, changes to school funding and teacher standards.