FLSE is a registered charity, originally sponsored by the DfE as the national representative body for all leaders in special education across all settings.
Membership can be for individuals, for schools and for service providers. Our membership
encompasses special schools, mainstream schools, PRUs, hospital schools, heads of SEND
services and SEND advisors/consultants.
Fundamentally, the FLSE’s singular goal is to ensure the well-being, care and personal
development of the children in our care, as embellished in the Aims of the FLSE, which set
out the organisation’s objectives and services that will deliver real benefits and the best
outcomes for children and young people with disabilities.
FLSE is firmly established as a national representative organisation built upon the regional
networks of members. Representation at the regional level ensures that schools and services across the country have a communication link with the national executive and, through the National SEND Forum (NSENDF), key decision makers in government and national bodies. Our established links with the DfE enable us to shape, as well as respond to, consultations and initiatives.
FLSE works with those people who provide education and care for children and young
people across the full range of special educational needs and disabilities. More information
about how we work can be found here.
FLSE facilitates co-operation and collaboration between its members and partners by
identifying and providing opportunities for professional development and leadership
FLSE is committed to working closely with leaders across the wider community, to ensure
that they receive the support they need to carry through their roles and responsibilities. A
key aspiration of the FLSE is that by sharing best practice and leadership insights we will
improve outcomes for children and young people.
Our support for the wider community includes founding The NSENDF as a key policy
forum to initiate greater collaboration between major organisations. The forum includes
FLSE, DfE, nasen, BATOD/NATSIP, Engage, PRUsAP, NAHT, NASS, ASCL, NAS, SSV, IPSEA, SEN.SE, SWALSS, EQUALS, NGA, NSN, RCSLT NAHE, pdnet, WSS, WMSEND forum.
By joining and being a part of FLSE your input will add to our increasingly powerful
‘Collective Voice for Special Education’ for all SEND Leaders, and strengthen our resolve in
‘championing the rights of children’ through the established networks of like minded
practitioners within special education.
The FLSE Constitution can be found here.