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Working in partnership is fundamental to the Special Partnership Trust. We realise the value of partnership in delivering our core Trust aims of improving outcomes for SEN young people in all educational settings across the South West of England and influencing SEN practice, provision and outcomes nationally.

As a Trust we adopt an innovative approach to building networks of equitable partners and we are open to both formal and informal partnerships. To ensure that the Trust continues to improve and influence outcomes for all SEN young people within an ever evolving educational landscape, we maintain dynamic partnerships in which the values and objectives of the Trust are closely aligned with those of our partners.

Through our experience of delivering high quality educational and residential provision for a wide range of SEN learners in special and mainstream settings and our ongoing journey of evaluation and improvement, we recognise the importance of developing a broad range of partnerships. Our current partners include special schools, mainstream primary and secondary schools, area resource bases and mainstream and special multi academy trusts. Many of our current formal partnerships have evolved from Trust networked CPD and outreach work.

The breadth and depth of SEN skills and knowledge within the Trust allows all our partners to benefit from high quality CPD and support for educational development, provided by staff who have extensive operational and leadership experience in mainstream, area resource base and special school settings. This network of professional development and support provides a strong sense of community and a tangible CPD platform for SEN professionals across the South West. Future partnerships will further develop existing CPD and outreach offers and the Autism Education Hub, which through collaborative working will increase and enhance the continuum of regional SEN support and provision.

The Special Partnership Trust is actively seeking meaningful and relevant opportunities to further develop and grow the Trust through a range of partnership models/agreements, outreach and service buy back options. If you would like to discuss an aspect of the Trust offer, access support and resources or would like to talk about how the Trust expertise could support the pupils in your setting, please don’t hesitate to contact; Andy Wadsworth, Lead for Education Development and Growth or Guy Chappell, Executive Director

The Special Partnership Trust Difference

Pioneering excellence
We work tirelessly to create better tomorrows for our young people and their families.

Opening eyes. Broadening horizons.
Our goal is to prepare young people for the next step, whatever that step may be.

Putting young people first
Inspiring young people to be the very best versions of themselves.

Collaboration. Co-operation. Creativity. 
An ambitious, specialist curriculum focused on learning and living. 

Dare to be different
We strive every single day to draw the best out of everything and everyone in our community.

Stand out from the crowd
Opening up life-changing opportunities for young people.

Advantages of the 'Special Partnership Trust'

South West Approach

A commitment to provide a consistently high quality standard of special education across the South West. 


A collective responsibility to ensure that every school within the MAT thrives.


In the best possible position to help to deliver an enhancement to the SEN provision in the region, with a focus on Free School development and integration of ARB provision in mainstream education through collaborative partnerships. Growth must come from a strong successful partnership, so whilst desirable in terms of economies of scale and efficiencies the focus will remain on our core values and improved learning opportunities for all our pupils. 

One voice

An ability to shape the direction and delivery of special education with a strengthened collective voice. 


Less isolated and more flexible and adaptable in a constantly changing landscape. 


Expand and develop the sharing and building of best practice and support networks for those working with learners in special schools to improve the quality of special education. 

Economies of scale

Exploit the power of combined resources to develop more effective ways of working, including staff capacity, governance, finance, research and pedagogy.