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Special Needs Officer (SNO) training sessions

The Special Needs Officers (SNOs) offer a range of bespoke training which include online and face to face courses.

Once you have viewed a course, please let us know what you think by emailing your completed evaluation form to your area SNO.

SEND Funding

This online training course includes information on all aspects of funding for pupils with SEND. This includes the notional SEND budget, individually assigned resources, personal supplements and personal budgets.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand all relevant aspects of SEND funding
  • Be able to confidently create and submit a detailed Provision Map
  • Know how and when to apply for a personal budget, where appropriate
  • Be able to submit appropriate requests for additional funding, where necessary

Requesting an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA)

An online training session providing information on what to consider before making a request, information needed to submit a request, how to submit your request and finally what happens next. 

Learning outcomes

  • Understand what an Education Health and Care Needs Assessment is and when an application should be made.
  • Know what information to include in the ECHNA application and why this information is needed
  • Know what steps should be taken prior to submitting an ECHNA as part of the graduated approach.
  • Be confident in completing  and submitting the required forms and evidence for an Education, Care and Health Needs Assessment, (ECHNA). This includes pupil voice and provision maps.
  • Have an understanding of what happens once an EHCNA has been submitted.

Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the purpose of an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Have an overview of the Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment process
  • Understand the content of an EHCP document
  • Have an overview of the processes around maintaining the EHCP and what school responsibilities are
  • Know who to contact within SENAT regarding queries relating to EHCPs

Annual Reviews

This online course is a helpful guide for SENCOs to clarify the requirements before, during and after the meeting, including useful links and relevant SENAT contact details. The presentation suggests strategies to ensure the process remains inclusive and person centred.

Learning outcomes

  • Have an overview of the Annual Review process
  • Feel more confident to hold an Annual Review
  • Know who to contact for support regarding Annual Reviews

EHCPs: Setting Outcomes and Implementing Provision

Learning outcomes

  • Understand how to write SMART outcomes in an EHCP for the long, medium and short term

Person Centred Approach

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the features of person-centred processes in relation to Annual Reviews
  • Understand why a person-centred approach is used in Annual Reviews
  • Know how and when to collect children and young peoples’ views, using person-centred approaches
  • Recognise what good examples of person-centred approaches look like and when it is appropriate to use them in Annual Reviews
  • Know how to incorporate person-centred approaches in Annual Reviews

For further information on training, schools can email their area SNO:

North / Mid Sam KennedyElektra RobinsonKim Heden

South / West Claire FowlerSam MainwaringVicki Fackler

SEN Post 16 Officer: Paul Morrison

Preparation for Adulthood: Jennie May

Last updated 7 March 2023

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