“Our proper task as educators is to remove hindrances.”

Rudolf Steiner (1922) ‘The Art of Educating Young Children’ (Spiritual Ground of Education)

SWASEND is a professional organisation offering training, sponsored conferences, workshops and lecture events.


Saturday 9th October 2021. 10:00-16:00. Alder Bridge Steiner School.

SWASEND invites senior leaders, SENDCos, designated trustees for SEND, learning support teachers and teaching assistants, to a day of inspiration and fellowship.

Anita Hempenius & Jenny Wragg from Education Without Exceptions will take colleagues on a quest to discover what we all need to ensure ours become truly inclusive schools and what SWASEND can provide to support this.

£50 per delegate. 10% discount for existing SWASEND members and for groups of 2 or more from a school – £45 each

To register places for this event, please contact info@swasend.com

It has been 2 ½ years since we last had the opportunity to be together, learning, inspiring and gleaning from each other. That was March 2019 at Wynstones! Now, we’ve emerged from our isolation and webinar overdoses, and we meet an unmissable opportunity to come together again and be inspired by 2 colleagues with particular passion, interest and expertise.

Join us for a “Sensing Journey – building an inclusion ethos, focusing on strengths and turning SEND upside down”

The day will be particularly relevant for School Leaders, SENDCos, Learning Support Teachers, Designated Trustees for SEND and Teaching Assistants.

Those attending the day will be guided and given the opportunity to:

  • put Steiner Waldorf provision at the centre and look at the living beings of their school through a different lens
  • Listen to one another – the words as well as the space between
  • Let go of personal and organisational biases
  • Let co-creation of new impulses and prototyping new directions and actions grow
  • Be inspired, enthusiastic and hopeful about the future!


Anita Hempenius – has worked as a class and learning support teacher, SENCo and Inclusion Manager in the UK and internationally.  She provides support and ADHD coaching via scatterbraincoaching.co.uk.  She is an educational consultant and works with Jenny Wragg at Education without Exceptions.  Anita is based in Gloucester.

Jenny Wragg has experience as a tutor, class teacher in both mainstream and Steiner Waldorf education.  She is a contributor on adult training seminars including West of England Steiner Teacher Training (WESTT) and Prelude Steiner Waldorf Foundation course.  She is co-founder of Education Without Exception supporting, mentoring and coaching staff in schools and home-hubs.

To register places for this event, please contact info@swasend.com


…for more details about the Align for Learning training seminar for Class and Subject teachers and any teacher seeking to broaden and deepen their understanding of meeting the needs of all learners.

See Align for Learning

Download Application Form  – Download Leaflet

 What the Graduates of Align for Learning say: 

“The tutors were all of a very high calibre…I would highly recommend this course to anyone working or interested in this field” 

“This course made me, as a class teacher, much more aware of the children’s needs and gave me some really valuable tools to meet these needs.” 

“I was putting what I was learning into practice all the time” 

“I really appreciated coming together with other professionals and forming lasting connections”

“I would definitely recommend this course, because all teachers should know about learning differences” 

Graduates of this course have gone on to establish learning support departments and develop their schools’ learning support provision; become special needs advisors; co-direct teacher training seminars and set up private practice working with children. 


The Steiner Waldorf Association for Special Educational Needs and Disability (SWASEND) is a not-for-profit association set up in the late 1990s by and for teachers working with children and adolescents with learning differences within the context of Steiner Waldorf Education.

SWASEND was set up by Ewout van Manen, Brigitte Marking and Ann Swain for teachers. The aim was, and continues to be, to foster continuously increasing high standards of Learning Support for children with special educational needs and disability within all educational systems. For more information click here.


Membership is open to Learning Support teachers and SENCOs working within the mainstream, independent and Steiner Waldorf sectors.

Full members will also receive Support for Children – a journal issued termly.

Membership application form can be downloaded here.