Introduction to SEND Law

Our one day training is designed specifically for parents, carers and supporting family members, providing you with an introduction to the law on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), and empowering you to secure the right education for your child. 

Delivered by a member of IPSEA's expert legal team, the training explains what your local authority and education setting should be doing to help, the process of obtaining an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan for your child, and also looks at what an EHC plan should contain. 

The content is particularly relevant for parents and carers who are looking to secure additional support at school and/or an EHC plan for their child, but would also be suitable for those who already have a plan in place and would like to learn more about the law and how it applies to children and young people. 

Click here to download the full agenda. 

Please note, the training relates to the law as it applies in England.  

Cost

£1,200 (plus expenses) for parent groups, schools and charities with an income of less than £200k per annum

£1,900 (plus expenses) for parent groups, schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k per annum

Email the IPSEA Training team to book

SEND Law Training: Level 1

Our Level 1 SEND law training provides an introduction to the law on special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The content is particularly relevant for professionals advising or supporting families of children and young people with SEND, but may also be suitable for parent groups who have attended previous IPSEA training and wish to extend their knowledge.  

Delivered by a member of IPSEA's legal team, the training covers the following topics: 

  • The Children and Families Act 2014
  • The duties of local authorities and schools
  • Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments
  • EHC plans – including naming a school and changing a plan
  • An introduction to the Equality Act 2010
  • Exclusions 

By the end of the training, attendees will have a sound understanding of the framework of SEND law and how children and young people with SEND should be supported. They should also be able to begin using that knowledge to identify how the law can be applied to support parents, carers and young people with SEND. 

The training day is also designed to complement our Level 1 online learning which covers the topics in further detail. 

Click here to download the full agenda for our Level 1 training day. 

Please note, the training relates to the law as it applies in England.

Cost

£1,500 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income of less than £200k per annum

£1,900 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k per annum

Email the IPSEA Training team to book

Please note: this training is not appropriate for those such as local authority staff who may be responding to the rights of a parent or young person. Our Local Authorities SEND Law one day training has been developed specifically for local authority staff.

SEND Law Training: Level 2

Our Level 2 SEND law training looks more in depth at specific areas of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. The content is particularly relevant for professionals advising or supporting families of children and young people with SEND, but may also be suitable for parent groups who have completed our Level 1 training and wish to extend their knowledge further.   

Delivered by a member of IPSEA's legal team, the training day covers the following topics: 

  • Inclusion
  • The duty to specify in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • Annual reviews
  • Home to school transport
  • Mental capacity
  • Health and social care
  • Mediation 

By the end of the training, we would expect attendees to be able to identify cases where more complex support is required, and to be able to begin supporting parents, carers and young people in such situations. 

Whilst this face-to-face course is suitable as a stand-alone course, it is designed to complement our Level 2 online learning which covers the topics in further detail. We would expect a participant to complete this online training in addition to the face to face course in order to be able to confidently advise and support families of children and young people with SEND. 

Click here to download the full agenda for our Level 2 training day. 

Please note, the training relates to the law as it applies in England.

Cost

£1,500 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income of less than £200k per annum

£1,900 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k per annum

Email the IPSEA Training team to book

Please note: this training is not appropriate for those such as local authority staff who may be responding to the rights of a parent or young person. Our Local Authorities SEND Law one day training has been developed specifically for local authority staff.

SEND Law Training: Level 3

Our Level 3 SEND law training is an advanced level training day designed for professionals advising or supporting families of children and young people with SEND. The content builds on the topics covered in our Level 1 and Level 2 training, with particular emphasis on gaining knowledge to support parents and young people to bring different types of appeal to the SEND Tribunal. 

Delivered by a member of IPSEA's legal team, the training day covers the following topics: 

  • SEND Tribunal procedure
  • Contents appeals
  • What could go into section I of an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan – and how to ensure that you get it there
  • Challenging decisions – choosing your method carefully 

Whilst this face-to-face course is suitable as a stand-alone course, it is designed to complement our Level 3 online learning which covers the topics in further detail. We would expect a participant to complete this online training in addition to the face to face course in order to be able to confidently advise and support families of children and young people with SEND. 

Click here to download the full agenda for our Level 3 training day. 

Please note, the training relates to the law as it applies in England.

Cost

£1,500 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income of less than £200k per annum

£1,900 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k per annum

Email the IPSEA Training team to book

Please note: this training is not appropriate for those such as local authority staff who may be responding to the rights of a parent or young person. Our Local Authorities SEND Law one day training has been Developed specifically for local authority staff.

SEND Tribunal Training

Our one day SEND Tribunal training is designed for those advising or representing parents, and covers the essentials of preparing and presenting a case at the First Tier Tribunal (SEND Tribunal). The content assumes some prior knowledge of SEND law, so we anticipate that attendees will have already completed other IPSEA training. 

Delivered by a member of IPSEA's legal team, the training day covers the following topics: 

  • The SEND Tribunal and the timeline of a case
  • Successful advocacy in Tribunal cases
  • The rights of appeal 

By the end of the training, we would expect attendees to be equipped with the knowledge of law, practice and procedure necessary to conduct hearings in the SEND Tribunal. 

Click here to download the full agenda for our SEND Tribunal training day. 

Please note, the training relates to the law as it applies in England.

Cost

£1,500 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income of less than £200k per annum

£1,900 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k per annum

Email the IPSEA Training team to book

Please note: we cannot deliver this training to Local Authority staff.

SEND Tribunal Hints and Tips

Aimed at parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), these two half-day training courses are suitable for those currently going through the following appeals processes:

  • Refusal to assess
  • Refusal to issue a plan
  • Cease to maintain appeal

OR

  • Appeals against the contents of a plan
  • Appeals against the name of a school

The training will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding the steps and stages of the appeal process and what to do at each stage
  • Looking at the test in law for carrying out an EHC needs assessment, issuing an EHC plan and ceasing a plan
  • Evidence, case law, preparing submissions and analysing and responding to any local authority response to the appeal
  • Preparing effectively for your appeal hearing day
  • Law guidance and case law around the need of an EHC plan to specify and quantify
  • Law guidance and case law in naming a school in a plan
  • Preparation of working documents
  • Hints and tips on how to put your case across well on the day

Cost

£1,200 (plus expenses) per day for schools and charities with an income of less than £200k per annum

£1,900 (plus expenses) per day for schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k per annum

Email the IPSEA Training team to book

EHC Plan Masterclass

Aimed at parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), this one-day training has been developed to guide you through the entire EHC plan process. From the decision of local authorities to assess, right through to the final EHC plan, this training day will help you navigate the system, supporting you to make informed and positive decisions regarding your child’s education and getting the right plan in place. Topics covered include:

  • The structure of an EHC plan
  • Where information should be within an EHC plan
  • The legal status of an EHC plan
  • What a good EHC plan looks like
  • Q&A with a SEND expert

Cost

£1,200 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income of less than £200k per annum

£1,900 (plus expenses) for schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k per annum

Email the IPSEA Training team to book

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