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Colleges offer a wide range of provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities. AoC represents the work that colleges do to support students to external stakeholders.

Consultation, information and research

  • We respond to all relevant Government consultations on issues affecting young people with special educational needs and disabilities and colleges
  • We produce policy briefings covering all issues relating to provision for students with SEND of all ages in colleges
  • We carry out research through AoC surveys and funded projects.


    Member services

    We provide support and advice to colleges through our member services. These include:

    • Advice and information on all aspects of policy, good practice and student issues in relation to students with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) in colleges. This includes students with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) as well as those with SEND who do not have EHCPs
    • Briefing, containing the latest news and analysis on related issues
    • We host AoC Regional Networks to disseminate information regarding policy initiatives in relation to SEND, and to gather feedback from member colleges about the impact of initiatives on their colleges and students.
    Additional Services

    AoC offers additional products and services to help your college succeed in today’s challenging environment. These include:

    • Conferences and events throughout the year where high-level speakers address key issues and debate about SEND policy and its implementation.
    • Training programmes and workshops providing bespoke extra support when it’s needed.
    • Recruitment services, including short-term interim management, executive search and assessment centre design and delivery. Plus, there is AoC Jobs - the specialist job board for the further education sector.
    • Consultancy services, which provides practical organisational solutions and specialist support.

    Stakeholders and representation

    AoC represents colleges by working with:

    • Department for Education (DfE) officials who have responsibility for the Children and Families Act (2014), national implementation of the changes to the SEND system, and supported Internships
    • Other Government and local authority officials involved in implementing changes to the SEND system
    • Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) officials who have responsibility for the changes to high-needs funding and implementation of the new processes, and for student support for mainstream students
    • The Special Education Consortium (SEC) – a cross-sector body representing the needs of children and young people with SEND and their families.

    Contact Us

    David Holloway - Senior Policy Manager SEND

    Education Policy