Understanding your DfE Statutory Requirements: Developing & Implementing Best Practice Methods in SEND Risk Assessment

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This webinar will provide school leaders, SENCOs, SEN teaching assistants and teachers working with children with SEND to understand how to conduct best practice SEND risk assessments.

It will also cover the recent DfE guidance ‘Conducting a SEND risk assessment during the coronavirus outbreak’ released in response to assessing whether vulnerable children and young people would be safer at home or in a school setting.

The DfE ‘SEND code of practice’ statutory guidance states that all schools should have a clear approach to identifying, responding and supporting children with SEND. It also states that children must have an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment if special educational provision is being considered.

In this webinar, SEND subject matter expert and Acting Deputy Head, Karen Pilling, discusses how schools should carry out their risk assessments and employ best practice methods. She will also explore the recent DfE guidance in response to COVID-19 and what this means for schools in the current climate.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding your DfE statutory requirements and the importance of developing a culture of SEND awareness

  • Identifying effective risk assessment techniques and including key stakeholders

  • Understanding Ofsted requirements and measuring key outcomes

  • Recognising different special educational needs and developing comprehensive EHC plans

  • Developing a best practice model and avoiding common mistakes

Karen Pilling

About The Expert

Karen Pilling

SEND expert and acting Deputy Head with an extensive background leading on SEN training in schools
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Very informative and clear.

I enjoyed watching this webinar. I would rcommend it to my colleagues.
Maryam Sabzevar, TA - Chapel Street Primary School

Lots of new information especially linked to the coronovirus. Excellent presentation.
Julie Buckley, TA - Chapel Street Primary School

I enjoyed listening and learning the speaker spoke clearly .
Paulina Sekyere, LO - Chapel Street Primary School


Simple and clear explanations
Anusha Ravi, Senior leader - North London Grammar School

Clear explanation

The risk assessments for vulnerable children and those with an EHCP was discussed at my SENDCo liaison meeting last week, with a variety of opinions aired. It was good to listen to a very clear explanation and given pointer to the guidance we need to refer to.
Kate Curry, SENDCo - Cheddington Combined School

A very informative delivery that reduced my anxiety about what to include in risk assessments for children with SEND, to make it comprehensive.

I found the session very useful and am glad that I managed to get a booking for it. Thank you.
Doreen Georgestone, - Salisbury Primary School

A very clear and relevant webinar.

The webinar was very clear and relevant, giving useful information and ideas to support my role in school.
Zoe Woodhouse, - Bedford Modern School

A very engaging Webinar and practical ideas offered.
Lorram Black, - Grange Primary School

Useful and helpful in current circumstances
louise kirkham, - Ellis Guilford

Risk Assessment SEND

Clear and practical information that answered all the questions I had and removed all the confusion that they generated for my setting.
Michell Littlegray, - Severn Vale School

Caroline Warnock, Director of Inclusion/SENCO - Ilford County High School

Straight to the point

I really like Karen's webinars, always very practical and straight to the point.
Ana Lia Da Silva Ferreira, TA - Chapel Street Primary School

Support for SEND and risk assessments.

This was a great webinar and has answered lots of questions around practice that is important today, in the current climate.
Diane Carey, - AldridgeUTC@MediaCityUK

Excellent Webinar

I gained so much from the webinar and it provided me with not just statutory requirements, but good practice and an alternative perspective to develop our risk assessments.
Martin Taylor, - Fir Tree Fishery CIC

This is the first time I have joined The National College for a webinar. Outstanding!
Amanda Erasmus, - Uxbridge High School

Very happy so far - personally prefer a webinar to a conference as you can proceed at your own pace, rewind if needed and watch again.
Yvonne Field, - Marine Park Primary School

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Very informative..Thank you
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