Help us support families to get the right education for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) 

We are recruiting voluntary positions to join our Board of Trustees 

Who we are 

We are a national charity that works to ensure that children and young people with SEND receive the educational support they are legally entitled to. Since IPSEA was formed in 1983, we have helped to improve the education experience of thousands of children and young people with all kinds of SEND. We do this by providing free and independent legal advice and casework support, undertaking policy work and delivering training on the SEND law framework. 

Who are we looking for? 

We wish to recruit new trustees with complementary skills to those of our current Board members. Applications are encouraged from all ages and backgrounds. Whether you’re an experienced trustee or want to take your first step at Board level, we want to hear from you. 

We welcome applications from individuals with diverse identities, including people with disabilities and those from other under-represented communities, particularly those with lived experience of the SEND system, either as a child or as a parent/carer. We are also interested in hearing from people with expertise and skills in one or more of the following areas (although this is desirable and not essential): 

  • Advice services/helplines management 
  • Volunteer management
  • Audit
  • Digital & Cyber Security
  • Charity law & regulation
  • Data protection
  • PR and Media Relations
  • Human Resources Management 

What’s involved? 

As a trustee, you will:

  • Receive an in-depth induction programme, training and reimbursement of reasonable out-of-pocket expenses
  • Have the opportunity to make strategic decisions and develop new skills 
  • Get the opportunity to network with senior professionals
  • Contribute to ensuring that children and young people with SEND receive the education they are legally entitled to  

The expected time commitment is six trustee meetings per year (meetings are held on weekdays in central London or at IPSEA’s office in Takeley, Essex with the option to join some meetings virtually via video conference), usually one strategic planning/training day and some other ad hoc time for occasional meetings and events. 

Next steps 

Download our trustee recruitment pack for further information about the role.


To apply 


Please visit:

An application form is available to download from the link above. After completing the form, submit your application by clicking the 'apply' button at the bottom of the page.

Deadline for applications: 9am on Friday 2 August 2024

Interviews: week beginning 12 August 2024

If you would like an informal chat about the role before applying, please email our Chair of Trustees, Uriah Smith, on [email protected] to arrange a call. If you have any issues uploading your application, please contact us.