Level 1 / Elementary Training Day

Face to Face Training Day: at your venue


This one day introductory level course aims to provide an overview of the law relating to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (“SEN”). The course will provide information on the law, guidance, policy and practice but also aims to enable the participants to see how the law can be applied to support parents and young people with SEN.  

The course relates to the law as it applies in England.  


Our expected outcome is for participants to finish the course with a sound understanding of the framework of SEN law and how children and young people with SEN should be supported by LAs and others such as schools and colleges.  They should also be able to begin using that knowledge to support parents or young people going to the process of applying for an EHC plan.  Topics covered during the day include:

  1. The framework of SEN law and duties of local authorities, schools and colleges
  2. EHC needs assessments
  3. EHC plans
  4. Naming a school or college in an EHC plan
  5. Changing EHC plans
  6. Transition from statements to EHC plans
  7. Exclusion
  8. Introduction to the Equality Act 2010

Whilst this face-to-face course is suitable as a stand-alone course, it is designed to complement our Level 1 / Elementary online learning which covers the relevant topics in much greater detail and depth.


This course has been devised and is delivered specifically for professionals advising and supporting parents and young people.  It is suitable for participants starting with or without prior knowledge of this area of law, but would be particularly useful for those professionals who are new to this field of work or who are considering moving into it.  Those who might find the course beneficial include: IASS and other advisory professionals, Teachers, School Governors, SENCOs and Learning Support Assistants. It is not appropriate for those such as local authority staff who may be responding to the rights of a parent or young person.


This is a face to face course delivered at your venue. The course costs:

  • £1,500 for local parent groups and charities with an income of less than £200k + expenses
  • £1,900 for schools and charities with an income exceeding £200k + expenses
  • £2,500 for public and private sector + expenses

With an average group size of 25 people this works out at Payment is made through invoice. Training is delivered at your venue. 


IPSEA are experts in the field of special educational needs and disability (SEND) law. We have been providing advice and advocacy to parents for over 30 years; from the first stages of advice right through to tribunal and higher level appeals. We are involved in over 5000 consultations a year and support over 400 appeals to Tribunal. Unlike solicitors or barristers we see the breadth and depth of all legal issues and take on cases from beginning to end. Many of our staff are legally trained and some of our courses are accredited with the Bar Standards Board. We pride ourselves on the level of expertise we offer; even barristers undertake our training. We are in a unique position having the history, scope and knowledge in our field.


Please complete our online training request form.


  • Level 1 / Elementary Level online learning - designed to complement the Level 1 face-to-face training, this covers the same topics in far more detail and depth.  Ideal for professionals supporting and advising parents, or parents who have completed the Foundation level online learning and wished to increase their knowledge.
  • Level 2 / Intermediate Training Day - a more in-depth course aimed at professionals who have already undertaken the Level 1 / Elementary training (online or face-to-face), delivered at your venue.
  • Level 2 / Intermediate Level online learning - designed to complement the Level 2 face-to-face Training Day.
  • Foundation Level SEND Law training Day - a one day face-to-face course delivered during school hours to groups of parents at your venue.  This training can also be delivered to ‘mixed’ groups composed of parents, those advising parents and others, such as LA staff.
  • Foundation Level online learning – entry level training aimed at parents or anyone who wished to gain a basic understanding of SEND law.  This would also complement the parent training course and allows participants to study in their own time to learn more about the topics covered during that face-to-face course.
  • Tribunal Training Day - a course aimed specifically at those advising or supporting parents covering all aspects of bringing appeals to the SEND tribunal, delivered at your venue.

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