Leading Trust Improvement: SEND

Join our new 12-month professional development programme for trust senior leaders. Develop your approach to special educational needs and disabilities with evidence-informed best practices.

  • Co-create and implement evidence-informed approaches to improving SEND provision across your trust.
  • Develop your expertise to help you identify the right levers for change.
  • Gain a network to share best practices, solve real-life problems and engage with trust visits.
  • This inaugural cohort will receive subsidised places to focus on SEND and trust-wide improvement.
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Why us?

Collaborative approach
Ensuring trust-wide SEND provision delivers equitable outcomes for all is a persistent problem for trust leaders, with no single blueprint of what works. This programme will help you co-create and deliver workable evidence-informed strategies, to address this in your trust.

Our knowledgeable and experienced facilitators will help you develop the expertise to tackle the complex challenges around SEND, delivering practical solutions that work across your trust.

Programme design
Structured enquiry, centred on persistent problems, will help you to improve outcomes for pupils in your setting and beyond. You will work with other trust leaders to discover what best practice looks like and how to apply it to your unique settings.

Tackling inequality
Tackle educational inequality with our new Leading Trust Improvement programme. It is designed to help you deliver your trust's mission, and improve the quality of education for the pupils you serve.

This inaugural cohort will receive subsidised places to focus on SEND and trust-wide improvement.

What to expect

Explore a single, complex problem.
This inaugural cohort will focus on SEND. With input from our experts, you will explore the evidence base, use this to unpick the challenges in your context and devise a sustainable solution.

Focus on impact and implementation.
You will receive one-to-one implementation support to make real change in your trust’s SEND strategy.

Network with other leaders facing similar challenges.
You'll build long lasting, collaborative relationships both within your trust and with other trusts.

Influence wider change.
You'll be able to share insights about what really works in SEND.


Tackle education inequality with our new Leading Trust Improvement programme.

This unique programme will help you to improve the quality of the education of your pupils with a focus on SEND.

You will:

  • Access the latest evidence base to help deepen your knowledge and use this to identify meaningful and informed solutions to improve SEND provision across your trust.
  • Explore SEND through the lens of school improvement.
  • Apply a practical framework to approach strategic priorities across your trust.
  • Develop knowledge and expertise that will help you identify the levers for change: the things that can make the biggest impact.
  • Create conditions for change within your trust driven by evidence and applied learning.
  • Build a leadership network, through structured inquiry and collaborative problem-solving with experts and other leaders as you engage with two trust visits.
  • Be part of unique leadership programme designed to be bold, innovate and contribute to the wider system by sharing your work.
  • A unique benefit of the programme is that you’ll also be able to nominate a colleague to join you for the launch event, trust visit and symposium event so that you can learn and drive change together.

Over 12 months the trust leadership programme will help you build your knowledge, problem solving approach and network, and equip you with the practical tools to increase your impact as a leader, where it matters.

How will I learn?

This programme has live, facilitated sessions enhanced by intersessional reading and short tasks.

Over 12 months, our Leading Trust Improvement: SEND includes:

  • One full-day conference.
  • Three sense-making sessions.
  • Two trust visits.
  • Two one-to-one implementation support sessions.
  • Direct support to write up your learning.
  • One symposium/graduation event.


How much does this programme cost?

For this first cohort, the programme is subsidised to £2,500* per person.

*Our philanthropic supporters have part-funded this programme to support Ambition’s mission to tackle education inequality by helping teachers and school leaders to keep getting better. Together, we’re shaping the future of education to give every child the best start in life.

Future cohorts of this programme will cost £6,000 per person.

Please make sure you have budget holder approval when applying for this programme.

Recruitment for this programme is now closed. Complete this enquiry form and we'll be in touch when the next cohort is open.


Recruitment for this cohort is now closed.

Who should apply?

This programme is suitable for trust CEO or executive and director-level positions such as:

  • Deputy CEO
  • Director of Education
  • Regional Director
  • Director or Head of SEND
  • Trust senior leaders who have responsibility for SEND

How do I apply?

Recruitment for this programme is now closed.

Please complete an enquiry form and we'll be in touch when the next application window opens.

Interested in the programme?