SEN webinars - recordings now available

We held two webinars in June to explore what the special educational needs and disability reforms mean for organisations and for children and their families.

Sarah Teather, Children's Minister of State for Children and Families has announced that families are to be given personal budgets for special educational needs support (SEN).

The Department for Education (Dfe) is positioning this as the biggest reform of SEN for 30 years and it plans to also force education, health and social services to plan support together by law.

Both the webinars held this week were aimed at anyone involved in the delivery of the reforms set out in the Green Paper including:

  • Leads in children's social care, SEN, PCTs or clinical commissioning groups
  • Headteachers, governors or SENCOs in schools
  • Children's services commissioners
  • Parent/carer forums
  • Adult services
  • Employment and training providers

The first webinar 'Support and aspiration: the SEN and Disability Green Paper' took place on Wednesday 20 June at 10am.

The session was presented by Nic Crosby from In Control, together with Claire Lazarus for OPM and Meera Prabhakar from SQW.

The session enabled participants to gain an overview of the reforms, clarity about government expectations and an understanding about how the reforms are being tested and taken forward at a local level.

Our second webinar 'SEN reforms, what could they mean in practice and how can we improve outcomes?'  took place on Thursday 21 June at 10am.

This session was presented by Brian Lamb, SEND policy and public affairs consultant. Brian chaired the Lamb Inquiry in Parental Confidence in SEN 2008-2010. He is currently chair of Achievement for All, a new charity with the aim of improving the outcomes of children with SEN. Achievement for All has responsibility for the national roll out for the Achievement for All Programme from the DfE. He is also working with local authorities, school leaders and parents groups around implementing various aspects of the Green Paper.

Nic Crosby from In Control also co-presented this session which explored in more detail what the SEN reforms mean in practice and how the reforms can be utilised to ensure that outcomes for children, young people and families are improved and that 'Achievement for All' becomes a reality.

More than 100 people participated in the webinars and we have received some really positive feedback on the sessions.

A recording of the session on 20 June together with the PowerPoint presentation, contact details and links to further information can be found here.

A recording of the session on 21 June together with the PowerPoint presentation, contact details and links to further information can be found here.

The SEN Green Paper proposes significant changes in the way that local authorities and their partners work with and provide services for children with SEN and disabilities and their families. The proposed changes are systemic in their nature and local authorities and their partners need to begin planning for them now.

Together, OPM, SQW and In Control are perfectly placed to support you in meeting these challenges, thanks to our national roles in leading the introduction of new and personalised approaches to supporting children with SEN and disabilities.

Further information on the support we can offer can be found on these pages.

To find out more about In Control's groundbreaking work with 45 children's services over the past six years, please see our Children's Programme pages.

If you would like to find out more about our Children's Programme, please contact

If you want to know more about our webinars, please contact We host a minimum of two webinars per month, most of which are available exclusively to members of our Stay Connected network. For more information on Stay Connected, click here.

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Last Updated : 12 July 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.