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EHC needs assessment co-production sessions

Suffolk SENDIASS plans to offer free workshops for parents and carers around the Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment process.

We wish to co-produce this workshop with parents to make sure what we offer matches what parents want to know. We are offering sessions in different areas of Suffolk and invite you to join us to explore and share ideas. You can drop in over a cuppa – you don’t have to stay for the whole session.

Beccles, Thursday 30th January, 1.00pm to 2.30pm (DELIVERED)

Ipswich, Wednesday 5th February, 10.00am to 12.00pm (DELIVERED)

Bury, Thursday 6th February, 1.00pm to 2.30pm (DELIVERED)




'EHC plan' workshops for parents and carers

Does your child have an EHC plan or is an EHC needs assessment underway?

This was co-produced with parents and explores the purpose of an Education, Health and Care Plan and what key sections mean, how parents and young people can be involved and who has responsibility for what.

Sudbury, Wednesday 22nd January 10.00am to 1.00pm (DELIVERED)

Lowestoft, Tuesday 4th February, 10.00am to 1.00pm (DELIVERED)

Ipswich, Monday 2nd March, 10.00am to 1.00pm


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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support in schools and other settings.

Explains the cycle of SEN support, support for pupils with medical conditions and disabilities and how parents and young people can be involved. We also explore exclusions, the threshold for an EHC needs assessment and approaches which foster positive partnership working.

Beccles, Thursday 30th January, 10.00am to 12.30pm (DELIVERED)

Bury, Thursday 6th February, 10.00am to 12.30pm (DELIVERED)

Ipswich, Wednesday 12th February, 10.00am to 12.30pm (DELIVERED)


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Remember, there is more skills-based training which we offer and which has proved popular - Making Meetings Matter, Empower Your Child and the SEND Champion CourseFind out more.

Do let us know if you are interested in either of these workshops.  Email our Training Officer Sian at with your contact details and postcode so we can build a wait list for the area in which you live.

Alternatively, If you know a group of parents or are part of a group who might be interested in receiving this or another workshop, do contact Sian so that she can explore a venue and time with you, which would suit your group. 


EHC needs assessment sessions for practitioners

Following very positive feedback from practitioners, SENDIASS is offering further training around Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments for a multi-agency audience. 

The training was co-produced with social care practitioners, with further input from the Designated Clinical Officers. It will benefit practitioners from health, education and social care who work with families who may be considering, or going through, an Education, Health and Care needs assessment for their child. The session explores: key underpinning principles of the Children and Families Act; the purpose and threshold of an EHC needs assessment and who can request one;  the timeframes and content of an EHC needs assessment and how practitioners can be involved; how parents and pupils are involved and options if a needs assessment is refused; the purpose of an EHC plan and who is responsible for what.

The session does not look at how to fill in a learning setting or family views form when an EHC needs assessment is requested. 

Booking is via Suffolk CPD online:

West Suffolk House, Friday 14th February, 2.00pm to 4.30pm

Endeavour House, Monday 24th February, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Riverside Lowestoft, Thursday 19th March, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Endeavour House, Friday 24th April, 10.00am to 1.00pm

West Suffolk House, Monday 27th April, 10.00am to 1.00pm

Riverside Lowestoft, Thursday 30th April, 9.30am to 12.30pm

NHS practitioners who do not have access to Suffolk CPD can sign up via Eventbrite.


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