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SEND Improvement Training and Development Offer


To enhance knowledge of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), we have put together a programme of FREE training for professionals, who work with children and young people, across Education, Health, Social Care and the Voluntary sectors.  The training is a mixture of online modules and virtual training sessions and can be accessed through the following link: 

Virtual training sessions

With a trainer on ZOOM, dates are specified on the website.

More about the training and development offer

  • Education, Health, Care Assessments  - An introduction to the EHC Needs Assessment process for any staff working with children and young people with SEND across the education, health and social care sectors
  • Annual ReviewsAn overview of the annual review process informing about roles, responsibilities, statutory timescales and how to conduct the review meeting.
  • Preparing for Adulthood - to ensure EHCP are focused on preparing children for adulthood from the earlies years
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders,Anxiety - this course aims to give participants an insight into anxiety in the context of the autistic spectrum and share strategies staff can use to support pupils and help remove barriers to learning.
  • Person Centred Planning - Person centred planning is vital if we are to put the child with special educational needs and disabilities and their families at the heart of all that we do. This training focuses on: understanding the principles of person centred planning and promoting the voice of the child; understanding requirements in legislation; exploring a range of practical person centred planning tools and techniques to enable all children and young people to be actively involved to have a voice in meetings and decisions that affect them
  • Lead Professional - Being a lead professional can be both challenging but also an exceptionally rewarding experience. This training focuses on:  the role of the lead professional (LP); the skills needed to be an effective lead professional; the best ways to engage with children and young people / their families and other professionals and to gain the voice of the child including younger children and those with more severe communication difficulties; how to manage harder to engage clients and more challenging relationships and meetings. 

The virtual training sessions are delivered through a Zoom Education platform and require sign up, but places are limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis. 

SEND E learning modules and other non-live sessions available

SEND ELearning modules

Across Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes a SEND e learning training offer has been developed which is available for professionals and parents to use. Follow the link below to be able to access this training. Each module takes up to 2 hours to complete and the learner can choose to complete all the sessions or just one or two.

 Learning Central Learning Management System (LMS)

ELearning Content:

  • Module 1 Context and Legislative Frameworkdescribes the key legislation and statutory processes relating to SEND.
  • Module 2 Graduated Response and Person-Centred Planninginforms of the different types of SEN, the support, how it benefits, the role of education, health and social care and what person centred planning is.
  • Module 3 The EHC Needs Assessment and Plan – describes the EHC needs assessment and EHC plans

Other training available

  • Five to thrive - Helping parents and carers to understand the impact they have on the developing brain of their children can develop responsiveness and confidence. This understanding truly promotes positive parenting. This course will enable anyone who works with families to integrate this understanding into practice so that they can explain and consistently model the activities that build and maintain healthy brains.
  • Talking Takes Off -using the early year’s early identification and screening tool for speech, language and communication. This is a You Tube which you must register to access.

This training is on the Local Offer site.

All training will complement Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and certificates will be awarded upon completion of the training evaluation.

The Strategic SEND Improvement Group (SSIG) have endorsed the training programme and encourage all professionals who work with children and young people with SEND to take the opportunity to enhance their awareness and understanding.

Any queries on this training should be directed to Stephanie Cash – SEND Improvements Programme Director or Michelle Wright – SEND Improvements Project Manager