How to Best Identify Special Educational Needs

About this event

Over 1.5 million pupils in England have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), an increase of 87,000 from 2022, according to newly published government statistics.

Of these only 4.3% of pupils have EHC plans.

These statistics show a continuation of trends which began in 2016, increasing the pressures put on SEND provision within schools.

Creating a SEND culture within your school or Trust is the first step.

During the session we will be covering the following:

      • Can SENDCOs be omnipresent?
      • The role of the wider staff body
      • Working with parents/carers
      • Your statutory requirements

Let us introduce you to this week's professional speaker

Rik Chilvers

Rik is a Safeguarding Consultant and the SEND Lead at Judicium. With experience of primary and secondary education, he brings to the team a detailed understanding of the cross-cutting nature of SEND and safeguarding, effective partnership working and management of resources.

While working as a primary school teacher, Rik completed a master’s degree in psychology of education. He then moved into secondary schools where he worked as a SENDCO, Senior Mental Health Lead and an Assistant Principal. Rik has played a central role in safeguarding and pastoral teams, championing a holistic approach to supporting children and their families. He developed whole-school policies and systems, led on best practice and has overseen systemic change including establishing a SEND department in a new secondary academy.