Webinars

WEBINARS

Offering webinars is part of HPCI’s mission to help parents and carers increase their understanding, knowledge and confidence on a range of SEND topics.  We will be working in partnership with Herts SENDIASS service and others on a number of SEND related topics.

All HPCI webinars are free and you can choose to either book a place on a live webinar or watch the recording at a time convenient to you.

What is a webinar?

A webinar is a presentation or a talk that happens online and can be joined via an app on your phone, tablet or pc from the comfort of your home or anywhere with access to the internet.  You can put questions in a chat box to the presenters live at the time and will receive a handout after the webinar of the slides and any extra information.  You will not be able to be seen by the presenter or others taking part in the webinar and HPCI parent network members will be given priority notice and able to sign up earlier.  Some webinars will be in small groups of 10 – 20 parents but they could be as large as 100 people.

Here is some information to help you with joining a webinar How to join an HPCI webinar

UPCOMING WEBINARS: 

 

Understanding the Local Offer

Friday 24 September (10:00 – 11:00)

This webinar is for parents and carers who would like to know more about the Hertfordshire Local Offer for families with SEND.  It will help you understand what the Local Offer is, how to navigate the website and ask questions of the staff at HCC who have responsibility for maintaining the Local Offer.

 

SEND Strategy  

Wednesday 29 September (19:30 – 20:30)

This webinar is for parents and carers who are not able to attend one of the SEND Strategy Community events and would like to hear from Herts County Council about their proposals for a new SEND Strategy, as well as access information about local services that may be available to them.

 

Choosing a secondary school     

Wednesday 6 October (10:00 – 11:00)

This session is for parents and carers who have a child due to start or move secondary school. It will explore what to consider and think about, when viewing schools and making a final decision on your child’s new school.

By the end of the session, you should understand:

  • The types of settings you can consider when choosing a school for your child
  • Which documents are important to read when considering a school
  • What questions/things to consider when looking at a setting

 

Choosing a primary school

Wednesday 13 October (19:30 – 20:30)

This session is for parents and carers who have a child due to start or move primary school. It will explore what to consider and think about, when viewing schools and making a final decision on your child’s new school.

By the end of the session, you should understand:

  • The types of settings you can consider when choosing a school for your child
  • Which documents are important to read when considering a school
  • What questions/things to consider when looking at a setting

 

EHC Needs Assessments part 2

Wednesday 20 October (10:00 – 11:00) or Thursday 21 October (19:30 – 20:30)

The Local Authority have considered your application for an Education, Health and Care Assessment. What happens next?

This session is being delivered by SENDIASS and is for parents and carers who have attended our first webinar (What is an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment?).

It is also appropriate for parents and carers who have not attended our first webinar but have put in an application for an EHC NA and are awaiting (or have recently received) the outcome of that application.

We will look at weeks 6 – 12 of the 20-week process of applying for an Education, Health and Care Plan. By the end of the session, you should understand:

  • Why the Local Authority may refuse to do an EHC Needs Assessment
  • The options you have following a refusal to assess
  • What happens when an EHC NA is agreed
  • How you and your child are involved and who else can or should be involved

 

Tribunals part 1 – How to lodge your appeal

Tuesday 2 November (10:00 – 11:00) or Wednesday 3 November (19:30 – 20:30)

This webinar is being delivered by SENDIASS and is for parents or carers who are considering lodging an appeal to the First Tier SEND tribunal. By the end of the session you should understand:

  • The appeal process
  • What can and cannot be appealed
  • How to lodge your appeal
  • The type of paperwork you will receive
  • Possible reasons for appeal and the evidence needed
  • How to go through your evidence and paperwork
  • Where to go for further support

 

Making Meetings Matter

Thursday 11 November (10:00 – 11:00)

This webinar is for parents and carers who have upcoming meetings regarding their child. This session will help you to:

  • Prepare for the meetings you attend related to your child.
  • Help to increase your confidence for online and face to face meetings to help you make the right decisions for your child.
  • Feel more confident and better able to express yourself in meetings with professionals.

 

EHCP Annual Reviews

Tuesday 16 November (10:00 – 11:00) or Wednesday 17 November (19:30 – 20:30)

This session is for parents and carers of a child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

It may be of particular interest if your child’s plan is coming up for review and/or if your child is in a ‘phase transfer’ year (due to change school). By the end of the session, you should understand:

  • What an Annual Review is
  • The law and guidance around Annual Reviews
  • The Annual Review process
  • Preparing for an Annual Review meeting
  • Setting SMART targets
  • Preparing for Adulthood Y9+
  • Early/Emergency/Phase Transfer Reviews
  • And your options if you are not happy with a decision

 

Home Education: Choices, Realities and Reintegration

Tuesday 23 November (10:00 – 11:00)

This session is being delivered by Sarah-Jane Critchley, who has both personal and professional experience when it comes to home educating.

By the end of the session you will learn:

  • 5 vital things for you to consider when thinking about home educating your child
  • What comes first and what next?
  • What it’s really like to be home educating your child
  • What the law says
  • What do we mean by Home education and what suits different children
  • Why you might be considering home educating
  • LA help and Education Other than at School
  • What help and providers can help you?
  • Reintegration in to education – when and how to make it work

 

Tribunals part 2 – After you have lodged your appeal

Tuesday 30 November (10:00 – 11:00) or Wednesday 1 December (19:30 – 20:30)

This webinar is for those parents and carers who have already lodged their appeal or are wanting to find out more about the appeals process after an appeal has been lodged. By the end of the session you should understand:

  • What happens after you have lodged your appeal
  • What paperwork you will received and what further information you can submit
  • What happens at the hearing and afterwards
  • What everyone’s role is
  • Where to go for further support

 

EHC Needs Assessments part 3

Tuesday 7 December (10:00 – 11:00) or Wednesday 8 December (19:30 – 20:30)

 Assessment Feedback / EHCP Planning meeting and beyond

This session is for parents and carers who have had their request for an EHC needs assessment agreed and are waiting to hear the outcome of the assessment. It is also for those parents and carers who have had a refusal to issue. By the end of the session, you should understand:

  • About the feedback / planning meeting and the difference between the two
  • The purpose of an EHCP
  • Content / Sections of an EHCP
  • Finalising the EHCP if one is agreed
  • Options if your EHCP is not agreed

 

RECORDED WEBINARS

This section links to all the recordings, presentations and handouts of sessions that we have run in the past, so you can watch and read at a time that suits you! When you click a link to watch a webinar, you will be asked for your name and email address to progress to the webinar recording.  We may use this information to contact you for feedback or to send information about HPCI.

Education, Health and Care Plan Webinars

 Part 1 – Applying for a EHC needs assessment

Here is the link to watch the recording of the webinar (1 hour with BSL interpreter): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3620814253771338000

Here is the webinar information in a booklet form EHCA NA Booklet and here is the resource pack from the webinar to download EHCA NA handouts.

Part 2 – Refusal or Agreed…What happens next? (Weeks 6-16)

Here is the link to watch the recording of the (1 hour) webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/312886239983946243.

Here are the slides from the webinar to download EHC NA Pt. 2 slides and the resource pack mentioned in the session EHC NA Pt. 2 Handouts

Part 3 – Planning meeting & beyond (Weeks 16-20)

Here is the link to watch the recording of the (1 hour) webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/8141446411597069068.

Here are the slides from the webinar to download EHC NA Pt. 3 slides and the resource pack mentioned in the session EHC NA Pt. 3 handouts

Part 4 – Annual Review

Here is the link to watch the recording of the (1 hour 15 minutes) webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/7702190412917248267

Here are the slides from the webinar to download EHCP Annual Reviews – slides Dec 2020 and the resource pack mentioned in the session EHCP Annual Review – handouts

OTHER WEBINARS

Making Meetings Matter

The link to the recording (1 hr): https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/4367586055439758096

Here is the presentation from the webinar to download Making Meetings Matter presentation and the webinar resource pack Making Meetings Matter

SEN Support in Mainstream Schools

This webinar is for those parents or carers who have a child who has or may have a special educational need. Here is the link to watch the webinar (50 minute with BSL interpreter):

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3927211860393987329

Here is the presentation from the webinar to download SEN Support in Schools – handouts SEN Support in Schools – presentation and the webinar information in a booklet form SEN Support in Schools – handouts

Choosing a School

Here is the link to watch the recording of the (35 minutes) webinar https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/1086198052405110275 .

Here are the slides from the webinar to download Choosing a school – Nov 2020 (slides) and the webinar information in a booklet form Choosing a school for your child – Nov 2020 (booklet).

FUTURE WEBINARS

Details and booking for further webinars will be emailed to members of our parent network. Not a member? Then join for free.