Two free webinars on personal budgets and SEN

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 law.

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 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' is taking place on Wednesday 20 June at 10am.

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

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 level.

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 this webpage.

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.

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.

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Last Updated : 19 May 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.