Leadership in Special Education

We are an association of special school leaders for the eastern region.

FLSE is an independent body which, as a registered charity and a ‘not for profit’ organisation, provides a framework for extensive dialogue between all those providing special education services and the DfE and local authorities.

The FLSE is a voice for leaders across the country who work within the field of special education and works directly with national SEND groups and the Department for Education.

The Federation of Leaders in Special Education facilitates the National SEND Forum alongside NASEN.

The FLSE East represents leaders from across the Eastern region.

The benefits of membership

FLSE members access a number of benefits including:

  • regional conference, seminars and workshops
  • representation in national forums
  • free leadership development groups and best practice networking
  • weekly newsletter updates
  • access to events and networking opportunities with other special school leaders

For more information about joining please email: info@flse.org.uk

Membership costs per school*:

Number of pupils

Annual Membership









SEND Service


*memberships are paid to the national FLSE

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FLSE East membership has given me the opportunity to work network and collaborate with other special school headteachers
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Current projects annual conference

Curriculum Development Group

Our curriculum development group meet termly to share best practice and support professional development of curriculum leaders in special schools.

The curriculum group is open to all members, for more information about the curriculum group please get in touch.

FLSE East Executive

The FLSE East Executive comprises of representatives from each local authority and representatives from different sectors of special education.

The executive meets termly and supports our members to have a voice in national forums.

‘Leading in Challenging Times’

Annual Conference 4th to 5th July

The highlight of our calendar, the FLSE East annual conference is an opportunity to meet colleagues from across the region.

This year’s conference will be held at Wyboston Lakes from 4th to 5th July 2024.

For more information on this year’s conference click here!

Click here to book.

FLSE - your voice for special education.


Ivel Valley School & College

Hitchmead Road


SG18 0NL

FLSE East: info@flse.co.uk

FLSE National: info@flse.org.uk