These are based on the feedback we have had from parents from social media as well as the questions people ask most frequently on our helplines.
We will be adding to these as the law develops following the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014.
We have the following types of FAQs:
FAQs about the new SEND legal framework
FAQs about Home to School / College Transport
FAQs about Statements
FAQs about Common Myths
FAQs about help in exams
More FAQs NEW
IPSEA's comprehensive training for those wanting an in-depth understanding of SEN Law in order to provide advice to families. This training is aimed at professionals whose role includes advising those caring for/supporting children and young people with SEND.
IPSEA's SEND Adviser Training is accredited by the Solicitor’s Regulation Authority and carries 30 hours of CPD points. The cost of this training ranges from £1,000 to £2,500 per person.
More information is available on our website.
This pack has been written to help parents and young people take an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal against a local authority’s refusal to assess your child or, if you are a young person, yourself.
The pack relates to the law in England contained in the Children and Families Act 2014 (C&FA 2014).
IPSEA's Refusal To Assess Pack is one of our most popular free on-line resources. It has been completely updated to reflect the recent changes in law.
An introduction to SEND Law for Teachers, School Governors, SENCOs, Learning Support Assistants and local support groups.
module 1: The SEN legal framework
module 2: The duties on local authorities
module 3: Duties on schools and FE institutions
module 4: EHC needs assessments
module 5: EHC plans
module 6: Naming school or FE institution in EHC plan
module 7: Personal budgets and direct payments
module 8: Changing plans
module 9: Mediation and the SEND tribunal
module 10: Transition
IPSEA has created two very practical resources covering how to trigger an EHC needs assessment and what happens during the assessment process.
Local Authorities have a clear duty to assess a child or young person’s education, health and care needs where they may have SEN (special educational needs) and they may need special educational provision to be made for them at a level or of a kind which requires an assessment of a child or young person’s education, health and care needs.
The world of Special Educational Needs and Disability is full to bursting with jargon.
Download IPSEA's popular Jargon Buster resource to decipher some common examples and help you through the SEND maze.
IPSEA's model letter helps parents and young people respond to draft EHC plans.
All draft EHC plans must specify special educational needs, outcomes and provision. This means that it should be clear, to parents, young people, school/college and LAs, who has to do what, when and how often that should be reviewed. The use of wooly terms should be avoided (such as “regular”, “access to” or “opportunities for”).
See IPSEA's EHC plan checklist for more information.
IPSEA has created a checklist that sets out what legally must be included as a minimum in any Education, Health and Care Plan issued by a Local Authority (LA). Our checklist is based on:
- Part 3 of the Children & Families Act 2014 (section 37)
- The SEN Code of Practice
- The SEN Regulations.
This checklist will help parents, young people, Independent Supporters, Parent Partnership Services) & anyone else guiding families through the process of statutory assessment leading to an EHC plan.