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Independent Partnership Supporter Training

Download IPS LeafletThe Independent Partnership Supporter (IPS) training course will help you to develop the knowledge and skills that you will need in order to support young people and parents who have children with special educational needs and disabilities.


There is an introductory session where you will be able to discuss both the role of the IPS and the course in detail.

After this we hold informal interviews and then contact people to confirm places on the course. Everyone who is hoping to be an IPS must give two references and agree to an enhanced data and barring check (DBS).

On each day of the course you will have a short one to one support session with a tutor.

As well as input from the course tutors you will also participate in sessions involving local authority staff, school staff, voluntary sector representatives, parents, experienced independent parental supporters and independent trainers.

The course will include workshops on communication; the Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice; local SEN policies and procedures; the role of the SEN coordinator; the role of the Additional Needs Coordinator; statutory assessment and statements; disability awareness; child protection and personal safety.

You will be assessed throughout the course in a variety of ways including:

Please look at all our booklets and newsletters on this website.

If you are intersted in becoming an Independent Partnership Support you can use the link below to complete the online application form. We generally run two courses each year in different parts of the county.

IPS Application Form

To find out more about becoming an Independent Partnership Supporter or to chat about the training please ring the SEND Partnership office, 01603 704070.

For paper copies of our booklets, newsletter, application and booking forms along with details of dates and venues, please ring the office.

Please pay particular attention to the booklets called Norfolk SEND Partnership; The Independent Partnership Supporter and The Independent Partnership Supporter at Meetings.

IPS Training