Overview

18 May, 20219:30 am-3:00 pm
Online

With the help of experienced SEND professionals, attendees will learn how to improve their approach to developing and implementing EHCPs, ensuring statutory requirements are met, and every child is provided with high quality SEND provision in a timely manner.

Following our sell-out course on March 23rd, we’re pleased to announce another date for this training day, May 18th 2021.

In September 2020, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a major review of SEND provision, to evaluate the landscape since the 2015 reforms. The new review will examine the rise in Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP), and how to ensure statutory duties are met with tailored plans.

Since April 1st 2018, all local authorities in England have been required to ensure any child who may previously had a statement of SEN, or who meet the same criteria since then, has an EHCP developed for them according to their needs.

While it is the responsibility of a local authority to initially draft a plan, following a needs-based assessment of a child (at the request of parents, teachers, health professionals, or the young person themselves if aged between 16 and 25), they must incorporate health and social care provisions, and liaise closely with a child and young person’s educational setting to ensure effective implementation.

While the SEND Code of Practice clearly lays out what an EHCP should include, and the Department for Education (DfE) issuing a statutory deadline of 20 weeks to get these plans in place, many local authorities are failing to meet these legal requirements. Data released by the DfE in July 2019 showed that almost 3,500 children were ‘awaiting the provision specified on their EHC Plan’. This means that while professionals have identified what they needed, those needs are not being met.

The COVID-19 crisis further impacted on the inability of children and young people to receive the support and guidance needed, according to their specialist EHCPs. However, in adapting to this period, as courts conducted more tribunals online, potential emerged for virtual hearings to become a new effective way of speeding up EHCP assessments.

This interactive and practical Developing and Delivering Effective EHC Plans training will deliver expert advice and guidance for all stakeholders involved in the success of an EHCP including local authorities, health professionals and education providers.

With the help of experienced SEND professionals, attendees will learn how to improve their approach to developing and implementing EHCPs, ensuring statutory requirements are met, and every child is provided with high quality SEND provision in a timely manner.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how to meet your statutory obligations for children with SEND, and adapting provisions in light of COVID-19
  • Develop a plan to improve your approach to creating and implementing an EHCP
  • Learn how to better work with key delivery stakeholders, including education providers, health and social care agencies, local authorities and parents/carers
  • Analyse approaches to ensuring every EHCP is focused around the child
  • Establish how to make best use of funding available to respective agencies, and how to utilise personal budgets in a way that is most effective for children and parents/carers

Agenda

9:30 am
Login and Accessing Training Platform

*This training will run entirely via an online platform. Specific joining instructions and guidance will be provided to registered delegates

9:45 am
Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Note that all of today’s sessions will be interactive, and attendees will have regular opportunities to pose questions to experts, have their concerns heard, and leave the day equipped to improve planning and delivery of EHCPs.

In this first session, participants will have the opportunity to share their key challenges, to help tailor the training through the day to your needs, and help you find solutions.

Each session through the day will encourage and allow time for questions and discussion.

Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant
AdvantageSEND
Confirmed
Theme 1: Development and Legal Requirements
10:00 am
Learning How to Develop an Effective EHC Plan

In this session, participants will work with Talat to explore and better understand what an effective EHC Plan looks like, and how to improve the process of development to ultimately deliver better outcomes for children and young people.

Delegates will be encouraged to share their key challenges and concerns, ahead of the 12:00 workshop, intended to improve development and implementation.

  • Understanding when an assessment of a child’s needs may take place, and how to apply for this
  • Establishing how to identify and define a child’s needs, using assessment outcomes
  • Outlining a structure for the initial EHCP, including when and where to consult with partner agencies
  • Creating a timeline for all stakeholders to feed into an EHCP including educators, health and social care providers, and parents/carers
  • Discussing a child’s role in contributing to their Plan
  • Considering the funding support for an EHCP, and how the government’s £1 billion catch-up funding may be used to enhance provisions for children and young people with an EHCP
Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant
AdvantageSEND
Confirmed
11:00 am
Morning Break and Networking

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

11:15 am
Meeting the Legal Requirements of an EHC Plan

This session will help delegates better understand their statutory obligations for children and young people with SEND, and the legal requirements of all stakeholders to deliver services and support as part of an EHC Plan.

Participants will have the opportunity to pose their questions or seek further clarifications from Lydia.

  • Outlining the statutory requirements and guidelines provided for local authorities, schools and health and social care providers for children with SEND, including in the Children and Families Act 2014
  • Establishing how to ensure the SEND Code of Practice is met as part of every EHCP, and that those children for whom a Plan is not developed post-assessment are also provided for in line with the Code
  • Ensuring continuity of commitment to quality SEND provision across special and mainstream schools
  • Advising on getting approval from parents/carers for an EHCP that is also realistic to deliver, and the process of mediation to take when this becomes difficult
Lydia Dunford
Lydia Dunford
Solicitor
Boyes Turner LLP
Confirmed
12:00 pm
Co-Production Discussion Groups Session

Via virtual break out rooms, delegates will be split into small groups with colleagues from the education, healthcare and local authority sectors in each.

Facilitated by expert speakers, each group will have 20 minutes to discuss challenges and priorities around improving EHCP co-production among all stakeholders, followed by 20 minutes for each group to feedback to each other in the ‘main room’, encouraging further learning from each other.

Each group will explore:

  • Current approaches to developing and implementing EHCPs from the local authority perspective
  • Barriers faced around effective delivery of a plan from an education perspective
  • The challenges of successful co-production from a health and social care perspective

Representatives from each sector should offer at least one recommendation for colleagues in a partner agency to improve their approach, to strengthen understanding between sectors and ultimately facilitate better approaches to co-production.

Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant
AdvantageSEND
Confirmed
12:40 pm
Afternoon Break and Networking

Connect with other delegates to discuss common challenges via the virtual chat function.

Theme 2: Improving Delivery and Quality
1:25 pm
EHCP Leadership and Information Management

This session will explore how advances in child-centred data management across a local area partnership can improve the quality of EHCPs.

Key aspects will include:

  • The importance of data integration, and building a full picture of need
  • Findings from a DfE and MoJ-sponsored deep dive into EHCPs for Children and Young People in Youth Justice
  • Opportunities missed: A reflection on recent Serious Case Reviews
  • The challenges of data integration
  • The assessment of complex needs, EHCPs, safeguarding and vulnerability- how data integration can help
  • Recommendations for improvements in your local area partnership
Marius Frank
Marius Frank
Director of E-Learning and Material Development
Achievement For All (AfA)
Confirmed
1:50 pm
ECHP Joint Working and 16+ Transitions

This session will explore effective partnerships with key delivery stakeholders, including education providers, health and social care agencies, local authorities and parents/carers.

Key aspects will include: 

  • What happens when children leave school? Post-16 provision requirements and why they may be more different than you think
  • Understanding multi-agency perspectives of EHCP
  • Negotiating EHCPs based around the young person, taking into consideration each multi-agency requirement
Lainy Russell
Lainy Russell
Post-16 Programme Manager
Achievement For All (AfA)
Confirmed
Theme 3: Effective Implementation
2:15 pm
Implementation Workshop: Implementing an Effective EHC Plan in Your Setting
  • Advising schools on how to conduct internal SEND audits to evaluate their capability in delivering provisions laid out in EHCPs
  • Developing a plan for local authorities, schools and health and social care providers to collectively agree on lines of accountability and responsibility through the plan, and making effective use of personal budgets
  • Discussing how an EHCP should be regularly reviewed in line with the progress of a child, with any required changes made in a timely manner
  • Establishing an effective and supportive relationship with parents/carers, and ensuring their feedback is taken on board throughout implementation on an EHCP
Talat Khan
Talat Khan
Consultant
AdvantageSEND
Confirmed
3:00 pm
Training Summary, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change

Audience

This interactive training is specifically designed for Primary and Secondary Schools, Local Authorities and Health and Social Care Professionals. The day is also open to the wider public and voluntary sector to encourage networking and discussion around improving provision for children and young people with SEND. Typical job titles will include:

 

  • Headteachers
  • SENCOs
  • Directors of Children’s Services and Education
  • Directors of SEND
  • Directors of Education
  • Directors and Heads of Inclusion
  • Directors of Schools and Learning
  • Directors of Inclusion
  • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Heads of Learning Support
  • Heads of SEND Commissioning
  • Heads of Services
  • SEND Teachers
  • Service Managers
  • Children’s Service Managers
  • Looked After Children Advisors
  • School Improvement Advisors

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