Next month we will be hosting two free webinars to explore what
the SEN reforms mean for you.
Sarah Teather, Children's Minister is 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
Both webinars are 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
- 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' is taking place on Wednesday 20 June at
The session will be presented by Nic Crosby from In Control,
together with Claire Lazarus for OPM and Meera Prabhakar from
It will enable 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
Our second webinar 'SEN reforms, what could they mean in
practice and how can we improve outcomes?' is taking place on
Thursday 21 June at 10am.
This session will be 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 will be co-presenting this session
which will explore 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.
Taking part in our webinars, is easy, all you need is a computer
with internet connection. For further information on how to take
part in our webinars please see our this page on
accessing our webinars.
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, In Control, OPM and SQW 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
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
Read Nic Crosby's latest blog in response to the SEN reforms here.
If you would like to register for these webinars or find
out more about our programme, please contact
Please note that places are limited and are available on a
first-come-first-served basis. We advise you to book early for
these sessions as we expect the demand to be high.