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SEN Law Essentials: A Guide for SENCos with Thomas Emmett

by | Jan 10, 2023

SEN Law Essentials: A Guide for SENCos with Thomas Emmett

by | Jan 10, 2023

Navigating the Complexities of SEN Law with Expert Guidance

Grasping the Essentials of SEN Law

In an illuminating webinar, Thomas Emmett from Birkett Long Solicitors demystified “SEN Law Essentials,” providing SENCos, parents, and educational professionals with a fundamental understanding of the legal landscape surrounding Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). As the Head of Education and an SEND lawyer, Thomas shared insights into the legal framework, the definition of SEND, and the intricate processes involved in Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Understanding EHCP Processes and Legal Definitions

A significant portion of the discussion was dedicated to unraveling the EHCP process, offering guidance for SENCOs and parents navigating these often complex waters. Thomas outlined what constitutes a robust EHCP, with a particular focus on the crucial components of Section F, which details the special educational provision required by the child or young person.

Clarifying Legal Obligations of Educational Institutions

Another key topic explored during the webinar was the legal obligations imposed on schools, nurseries, and post-16 institutions by SEND law. Thomas provided a clear overview of these duties, emphasizing the importance of compliance and the role of educational settings in supporting students with SEND effectively.

Empowering Stakeholders with Legal Knowledge

Thomas Emmett’s expertise illuminated the pathways through which stakeholders can advocate for the rights and needs of students with SEND. His practical advice and strategic insights equip SENCos, parents, and guardians with the knowledge to ensure that educational institutions fulfill their legal responsibilities.

Thomas Emmett: A Champion for Educational Rights

With a career dedicated to representing the interests of individuals in the realm of education law, Thomas Emmett’s contributions to understanding and navigating SEND law are invaluable. His work with Birkett Long Solicitors underscores a commitment to ensuring that the educational needs of children and young people with SEND are met, in accordance with the law.

This webinar with Thomas Emmett offered a foundational exploration of SEN law, addressing key aspects of EHCP processes, legal definitions, and the obligations of educational institutions. Attendees gained critical insights into the legal framework governing SEND, equipped with the tools to advocate for comprehensive support and inclusion within educational settings.

This video was recorded in 2022, all information is correct up to the date of the recording, if you want up to date information join one of Thomas’ drop in legal sessions.