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nasen (National Association of Special Educational Needs) is a charity organisation who have been operating since 1992.

We support thousands of practitioners by providing relevant information, training and resources to enable staff to meet all pupils’ needs.

Working with dedicated education professionals, nasen aims to ensure that practice for special and additional needs is both effective and current.

nasen is committed to providing an excellent range of professional development opportunities by offering the latest news and information, to support practitioners in identifying and meeting the needs of children and young people.

Our aspiration is to be the leading SEND/ALN membership organisation for education professionals.


To deliver outstanding training and professional development for education professionals


To publish high quality research, information, advice and guidance for education professionals


To provide a voice for a growing nasen membership


To offer SEND/ALN consultancy services, including high level policy reform and bespoke professional development


To diversify and increase nasen's revenue streams and to control costs through efficient operational practices

nasen also hosts the SEND Gateway website - the one-stop shop for all things SEND.

Whole School SEND Consortium

The Whole School SEND consortium is a network of schools, practitioners, charitable organisations, parents and young people. As a growing network we want to ensure that we accurately represent our community; your views on what the consortium aims to achieve and how we can best support our members. We are reviewing our mission, vision and values and we would like to invite you to contribute to this as we look to the future. 

At Whole School SEND we recognise that understanding the local context is crucial to improving national SEND provision. Each region has a Regional SEND team, formed from school-based SEND practitioners, to support prioritisation of SEND across the region. Regional pages will also bring together information and research about your region, SEND resources, and contact details for specialists and SEND organisations.  

The Whole School SEND regions reflect the Department for Education's Regional Schools Commissioners areas.

Lancashire and West Yorkshire

Angela Holdsworth is your Regional SEND Lead:

Lidia Cattrell is your Deputy SEND Lead:

Who to contact

Contact Name
01827 311 500

Where to go

nasen House
4-5 Amber Business Village
Amber Close
B77 4RP

Other Details

This service is part of the Local Offer

Local Offer

Local Offer Age Bands
5-11 years
11-16 years
0-5 years
16-19 years
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
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