Watkins Solicitors - SEN Information Day for Parents in Cornwall

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Watkins Solicitors - SEN Information Day for Parents in Cornwall

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The Education Department of Watkins Solicitors held another successful SEN Conference, this time in Redruth, Cornwall, for parents of children who have special education needs and disabilities.  

Lydia Dunford spoke about EHC Needs Assessments and it was evident that many families struggle to secure assessments and the relevant legal test isn’t always applied when requests are considered. 

Liz Smith spoke about EHC Plans and what should be included in the relevant sections, but it is clear that many EHC Plans do not contain adequate provision and many could be considered unlawful because of the failure to specify and quantify provision.

Left to right: Lydia ​Dunford, Beverley Watkins & Liz Smith

Beverley Watkins spoke about Appeals to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, how to prepare your appeal and respond to the Local Authority’s case, as well as a mock Tribunal which was well received by the audience!  

There were also many representatives from support groups and organisations based within Cornwall, and the Education Department received a number of requests for similar events to be held in the future. 

On behalf of Beverley, Liz and Lydia we would like to thank all of the parents who attended the Conference who made it such a success, and also thank you to those watching the live broadcast of the Conference via Periscope. Watch this space for our future SEN Conferences!