IPSEA Webinars

Webinars: overview and schedule

IPSEA training webinars explore different topics in SEND law, and are recorded webinars which you can join at any time throughout November (available until Friday 30th November).

To register for a webinar, simply click on the registration link of your chosen webinar. Upon registering, you will be launched straight into the webinar and sent a confirmation email. If you do not wish to watch the recording straight away, simply exit the webinar and select the link in your confirmation email when you are ready to watch (please note, the webinars are only available to watch until Friday 30th November). 

If you do not receive a confirmation email within 30 minutes of registering for your chosen webinar, please contact . We also advise to check your spam.

What do I need to join?

For the webinar you will need:

  • Speakers/headphones to hear the presentation 
  • A good internet connection

Before you join the webinar, please check you have the right system requirements to run GoToWebinar: 

Who should I contact if I have a problem accessing a webinar?

If you have an issue accessing a webinar, please contact the IPSEA training team via training@ipsea.org.uk, or call their office on 01799 582030 and ask to speak to the training team.


Current Webinars:


1 - SEND National Trial – Single Route of Redress

Duration: 40 minutes

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3340876370677311490

Overview: On 3 April 2018, a two year national trial began extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND) to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care plans (EHC plans), in addition to the educational aspects.

Our SEND National Trial webinar provides an explanation of what the national trial is, outlines the changes taking place as a result of the trial and, importantly, lets families know what their rights are. The webinar will guide you through the changes, and ensures parents and young people can make informed choices about potential entitlement to health and social care provision.


2 - Exclusion

Duration: 25 minutes

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4974930969459505922

Overview: Children with special educational needs (SEN) and/or disabilities are much more likely to be excluded from school than their classmates, and our experience through IPSEA’s helplines shows that pupils with SEN are also subject to informal exclusions (which are unlawful) or restricted from receiving full-time education in some way.

Our Exclusion webinar will help you find and use the law and statutory guidance about exclusions, recognise and challenge an unlawful exclusion, understand the duties of the school and LAs to pupils with SEN, and importantly, take the next steps to ensure the pupil’s SEN are properly understood and met.

The content is particularly relevant for parents and carers of children with SEN; those working with pupils with SEN; and those supportingparents or carers of pupils with SEN who are, or have been, excluded or at risk of exclusion, and will cover:

  • The law and statutory guidance about exclusions in maintained schools, Academies and PRUs
  • The duties of schools and LAs in relation to exclusions and arranging education for pupils who are excluded
  • The power of a school to direct pupils off-site to improve their behaviour
  • What happens after a pupil is excluded – including how to ensure their SEN are properly understood and supported
  • Where to find the rules relating to exclusion in other settings, e.g. independent schools


3 - Home to school/college transport

Duration: 40 minutes

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6245988401401193218

Overview: Local authorities have particular duties towards some groups of children and young people who require home to school transport arrangements. The entitlements differ depending on the age of the child or young person.

Our ‘Home to school/college transport’ webinar explains what the law says about transport entitlement and when it must be provided, explores children and young peoples’ rights and potential entitlement to transport provision, and identifies when it would be appropriate to make an application for transport provision or challenge a refusal to provide transport.


4 - EHCP Masterclass

Duration: 45 minutes

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5196088937293136130

Overview: An Education, Health and Care plan (“EHC plan”) is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s special educational needs, the support they need, and the outcomes they would like to achieve.

Our EHCP Masterclass webinar explains the EHC plan process, from the decision to assess, right through to the final EHC plan. The webinar covers the following topics:

  • What is an education, health and care plan
  • What does an EHC plan look like
  • Key things that should be in a plan
  • What a parent/carer should do if they are not happy with their child’s plan


5 - SEND Tribunal: hints and tips

Duration: 30 minutes

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4401164020644279298

Overview: The First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) (the “SEND Tribunal”) is an independent national tribunal which hears parents’ and young people’s appeals against local authority decisions about the special educational needs of children and young people.

Our ‘Tribunal: hints and tips’ webinar looks at SEN appeals to the Tribunal, and covers:

  • How parents/carers complete the appeal form itself and get the appeal registered
  • Understanding the steps and stages of the appeal process and what to do at each stage
  • Guidance for families on how to prepare effectively for your appeal hearing day
  • Hints and tips on how to put your case across well on the day


6 - Transitions and Annual Reviews

Duration: 35 minutes

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1400196566211132418

Overview: Where a child or young person has an EHC plan, it must be reviewed at least once a year by the local authority to ensure it stays up-to-date and continues to provide the support the child or young person needs. Our ‘Transitions and Annual Reviews’ webinar explains the law and guidance around Annual Reviews, explains the Annual Review process, and looks at the options available if a parent/carer  or young person does not agree with the outcome of the Annual Review meeting.

The webinar also covers the process of transition from Statements of Special Educational Needs to EHC Plans, explains some of the options available to families if they don’t agree with the Plan that has been issued, and clarifies what to do if a child/young person still has a Statement and hasn’t yet been transitioned to an EHC plan.


7 - Non implementation of special education provision

Duration: 20 minutes

Register for this webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2648009222829998594

Overview: Special educational provision is provision that is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils or students of the same age, and is designed to help children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) to access the National Curriculum at school or to study at college.

In law, the LA must secure the special educational provision specified in Section F of an EHC plan, although in practice most of the provision will be made by the school or college.

This webinar looks at the duties on schools and local authorities to deliver special education provision, identifies what action families can take to make sure special education provision is enforceable, and explores the options open to families if they wish to challenge a local authority for failing to deliver the special education provision detailed in an EHC plan.