In January and February 2018 Mott MacDonald facilitated a series of induction events across each of the 9 regions, led by the Department for Education (DfE), Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service and NHS England.
The workshops were aimed at relevant local authority SEND and social care representatives, and health care representatives. The aim was to help prepare local areas and make them aware of the regulations and new duties in relation to the national trial which is taking place from the 3rd April 2018. A National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) regional representative was invited to every event.
The following webinar videos have been created providing an overview of what was covered at the events. Additionally, all the resources that were provided on the day, including the guidance document and toolkit to help support local areas, can be found here.
A summary of the sessions is as follows:
-  Overview and context of the national trial
-  Introduction and overview on First-Tier Tribunal chamber
-  Summary of the recommendations pilot
-  New powers under the national trial
-  The Tribunal procedure
-  The Tribunal jurisdiction
-  Rights of appeal
-  What is expected of you and support available
1. Overview and context of the national trial - André Imich, DfE SEND Adviser
This includes the current powers and the new powers under the national trial, the trial aims and the 2015 recommendations pilot.
The below sessions are covered by Judge Jane McConnell, Lead Judge at the SEND Tribunal
2. Introduction and overview on First-Tier Tribunal chamber
A background on the Tribunal, why the trial is being implemented and current duties of SEND, health and social care commissioners.
3. Summary of the recommendations pilot
Purpose and scope of the April 2015 - August 2016 Recommendations Pilot, its key findings and learning, and outcomes.
A summary of the timeline for an appeal under the national trial, case management powers, presenting evidence, specification and the tribunal hearing.
The tribunal powers, communication of decisions and recommendations, responding to recommendations and appeal routes following jurisdiction.
A recap on the roles and responsibilities, preparing for the trial, the support package available, funding available for LAs and CCGs, and the evaluation process.