Training

Claire is an expert in the field of special educational needs and disability law and has been providing advice and representation to parents for over 17 years. Claire is a highly regarded and confident trainer who has delivered training to parents, Head teachers, local authorities and other professionals throughout England.

We provide training to parents and those advising parents across the country. Our training courses will provide you with an understanding of SEND law and explore how it affects you as a parent. Importantly, our training aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to get the right education and achieve better outcomes for your child or young person.

Our one day face to face training sessions are designed to fit around school hours. The shorter face to face sessions can be delivered anytime including evenings. We will come to a location of your choice at a time which is convenient for your group. UPDATE - AS A RESULT OF COVID-19 WE NOW HAVE SYSTEMS IN PLACE TO DELIVER OUR TRAINING VIRTUALLY USING MICROSOFT TEAMS OR ZOOM WHICH CAN BOTH BE USED ON A VARIETY OF DEVICES INCLUDING PHONES, LAPTOPS AND TABLETS. WE CAN ALSO DELIVER FULL DAY TRAINING SESSIONS OVER TWO HALF DAYS AT TIMES WHICH ARE CONVENIENT FOR YOUR GROUP/ORGANISATION.

The SEND framework and EHC plans

£750 plus reasonable expenses

This one day face to face training has been specifically designed for groups of parents and those advising parents who want a general overview of the SEND framework. The training covers children/YP on SEN support and school/college duties, EHC needs assessments and EHC plans. The training also explains rights when requesting a particular education placement and what parents/YP can do if the local authority refuses to name the placement they want in the EHC plan. The training is delivered to fit within school hours starting at 10am and finishing at 2.30pm. We will finish with a 30 minute Q&A session. Maximum numbers 30. Please contact us for further information.

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Exclusion from school – a practical approach

£325 plus reasonable expenses

This 2.5 hour face to face session covers everything you need to know about exclusion and what your legal rights are and has been specifically designed for groups of parents and those advising parents who want to know more about exclusion law. We will look at unlawful, fixed period and permanent exclusion; education off-site to ‘improve behaviour’ and the education the school or local authority must provide when a child is excluded. We will also look at the practical steps you can take as a parent to ensure the school and/or local authority meets your child’s needs to prevent further exclusion. We will finish with a 30 minute Q&A session. Maximum numbers 20. Please contact us for further information.

Transport – deconstructing entitlement

£325 plus reasonable expenses

This 2.5 hour session covers everything you need to know about home to school/college transport entitlement and has been specifically designed for groups of parents and those advising parents who want to know more about transport law. We will look at the many common misconceptions around entitlement; entitlement to transport according to law; the ‘nearest suitable school’ principle and transport for young people/adult learners. We will finish with a 30 minute Q&A session. Maximum numbers 20. Please contact us for further information.

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Education, Health and Care Plans – making sure it is fit for purpose

£325 plus reasonable expenses

This 2.5 hour session covers everything you need to know about EHC plans and has been specifically designed for groups of parents and those advising parents who are expecting their child or young person to receive an EHC plan or who are seeking to improve a current EHC plan. We will look at the legal requirements for EHC plans; how you can improve a current EHC plan and the practical steps you can take to ensure the EHC plan becomes fit for purpose. We will finish with a 30 minute Q&A session. Maximum numbers 20. Please contact us for further information.

Annual Review – a practical approach

£325 plus reasonable expenses

This 2.5 hour face to face session covers everything you need to know about annual review of EHC plans and what your legal rights are. This training has been specifically designed for groups of parents and those advising parents who want to know more about the law around annual reviews. We will look at the purpose of annual review within the SEND legal framework; procedure and practice; decision making following the review; legal rights if the EHC plan is amended, maintained without change or a cease to maintain notice is issued. We will also look at the practical steps you can take as a parent to ensure the school and local authority adhere to the correct processes. We will finish with a 30 minute Q&A session. Maximum numbers 20. Please contact us for further information.

Post 16 – what happens next?

£325 plus reasonable expenses

This 2.5 hour face to face session has been designed to cover SEND frameworks rights post 16 for groups of parents and those advising parents. We will look at preparation for post 16 within the SEND legal framework; ending EHC plans – myths and law; education and training options for young people including alternative education/training packages and legal rights. We will also look at the practical steps you can take as a parent to support your young person to ensure they have their needs met. We will finish with a 30 minute Q&A session. Maximum numbers 20. Please contact us for further information.

SEND Tribunal

£850 plus reasonable expenses

This full day face to face session has been designed for those in the professional and voluntary sector who are supporting and assisting parents/young people at the SEND Tribunal. The training will cover pre-appeal issues; rights of appeal – legal tests, burden and evidence; timeline of the appeal including the local authority response, further evidence and pre-hearing preparation; the hearing and what to expect on the day.  We will finish with a 30 minute Q&A session. Maximum numbers 30. Please contact us for further information.

Local Authority training

£1,250 plus reasonable expenses

We have designed a range of SEND law training packages specifically for local authority professionals. Our full day package covers the SEND legal framework including duties on education providers; exclusion from school; statutory duties on local authorities; EHC plans, contents and naming a school/college; home to school transport for children and young people. We also have shorter training packages to cover a variety of subjects such as annual review, post 16 SEND framework and transport for children and young people. The daily rate for local authority training applies whether it is commissioned directly by or on behalf of a local authority. Shorter training packages such as Annual Review training are calculated at the daily rate pro rata according to the length of the session. Please contact us for further information.

We are more than happy to consider bespoke packages if the subject matter you want is not covered in the above packages. Please contact us for further information.