Shoosmiths will make their Colmore Square offices available from 5:30pm – 7:30pm on 28 February 2018 to allow the Birmingham-based National Institute of Conductive Education (NICE) to host a reception event aimed at informing parents of their right to council funding for conductive education.
Conductive education is based on the work of Hungarian Professor András Pető who developed the system which uses individual teachers (called a conductor) to help children and adults with motor disorders and neurological injuries such as cerebral palsy to gain greater control of their bodies.
The main issue many parents of these children face is ensuring that the educational provision delivered by NICE is included in their Education Health & Care plan (EHCP). This document must detail a child’s educational needs and the provision that they require to meet those needs.
Any support identified in the EHCP - including provision by NICE - must be arranged and funded by the council. Securing that council funding for placements at NICE is not always easy, as the council are hesitant to recognise NICE, often due to constraints on budget. Shoosmiths education law experts can help parents overcome these obstacles and get the support their children need in order to thrive.
The law firm has been an enthusiastic supporter of the charity, with a team of volunteers giving the gardens of the NICE Centre for Movement Disorder in Moseley a makeover in 2016. Shoosmiths also sponsored the charity’s ‘Red Boots Ball’ in October 2017 which raised £34,000 to help NICE continue their work.
Gurvinder Samra, a specialist in the firm’s education law team, will be giving a talk at the reception event highlighting cases where children and adults have benefitted from intervention by NICE as well as plans for future collaboration with the charity. She commented:
‘We know from our own experience across our medical negligence and education law teams just how much of a difference the work of NICE can make to a youngster’s life. We are delighted to make our offices available to help them raise awareness of what options are available to parents seeking the best education for their child.’
Anyone interested in attending should contact Louise Watkins at NICE:
- Email: [email protected]
- Tel: 0121 442 5559