SEND Tribunal Training Day

Face to Face Course: at your venue


This one day course is aimed specifically at those advising or representing parents and covers the essentials of preparing and presenting a case in the First Tier Tribunal (“SEND Tribunal”)  

It is anticipated that participants will have already completed other IPSEA training (online or face-to-face) and as such, this course assumes some prior knowledge of SEN law but aims to equip participants with knowledge of law, practice and procedure necessary to conduct hearings in the SEND Tribunal.


Having completed this one day course, we would expect participants to be able to run a basic level case in the SEND Tribunal with confidence, representing parents. This will include drafting the initial notice of appeal, dealing with the case management stage of the case, advising on relevant evidence and then advocating for parents in the SEND Tribunal.  

Topics covered during the day include:

  1. Outline of the structure, composition and approach of the SEND Tribunal
  2. The timeline of a case and key points for each stage of an appeal
  3. Working documents
  4. Successful advocacy in Tribunal cases, including how to deal with witnesses and support parents effectively during a hearing.
  5. The rights of appeal including the relevant evidence used to support each type of appeal
  6. Mediation


This course has been devised specifically for professionals who are supporting, representing or advising parents considering or bringing appeals to the SEND Tribunal. It is not appropriate for those such as local authority staff who may be responding to appeals by a parent or young person.


This is a face to face course delivered at your venue.

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

 All expenses are included.


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.


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  • Level 1 / Elementary Training Day - an introductory level face-to-face course aimed at professionals who support and advise parents.
  • 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.

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