I work in education

Positive experiences of education are vital to securing good outcomes for children and young people. CDC recognises the importance of your work as an educator to ensuring that all the children and young people you work with are challenged and supported to reach their full potential.

The education sector has undergone significant change over the last 5 years, and by all accounts this is set to continue. While some duties and practices are still bedding in, wider changes across the education system can make education feel like a minefield, especially for disabled children and children with special educational needs.

To help you get to grips with some of the key themes, issues and challenges we've pulled together the following useful resources to get you started. If you find these useful you can find hundreds more resources in our resource hub

We also offer a range of training days and individually tailored training and consultancy for schools, early years providers and local authorities. If you're interested in finding out more then have a look at our training hub.

Links to useful websites

We've also put together a list of organisations and websites that you can visit for further help and information. 

SEND Gateway

The SEND Gateway is an online portal developed by Nasen, offering education professionals free, easy access to high quality information, resources and training for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).


Focus on SEND training

Focus on SEND training is a free course aiming to help teachers and educational practitioners working across the 0 – 25 years age range to develop high quality practice in order to better meet the needs of their learners with SEND. It is based on the evidence of what constitutes good continuing professional development (CPD) and so takes a practice- led, enquiry-based and collaborative approach.


The Communication Trust

The Communication Trust support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication. They have developed a wealth of information, resouorces and useful tool kits to help professionals to communicate more effectively with children with SLCN.


Autism Education Trust

The Autism Education Trust delivers training and information resources for people working in early years, schools and post-16 education. They also engage with policy-makers, parent carers and children and young people as part of their work to research and support policy and practice development.


Dyslexia SpLD Trust

The Dyslexia-SpLD-Trust is a collaboration of voluntary and community organisations funded by the Department for Education to provide reliable information to parents, teachers, schools and the wider sector. It acts as the important communication channel between government, leading dyslexia organisations, parents, schools, colleges, teachers and the sector.



The National Sensory Impairment Partnership is a partnership of organisations working together to improve outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment. They provide training, information and advice to education professionals as well as opportunities to exchange and engage with other practitioners.