Collis Mediation Ltd
Collis Mediation Ltd

Civil Mediation Council and College of Mediators Accredited SEND Mediator Training Course

Becoming a SEND Mediator


This two-day specialist training programme is intended for those delegates that have already achieved Civil Mediation Council (CMC) or College of Mediators (CoM) accreditation as a Civil & Commercial mediator, and who wish to make the specialist area of SEND mediation part of their offering.

This course attracts 12 hours CPD, and successful completion will satisfy the requirements of the Civil Mediation Council for accreditation as a SEND mediator, once a period of supported practice is complete.

There is no prerequisite for delegates to have had experience in either Education, SEND 0-25 roles or in SEND Law. It is essential however that delegates have a genuine interest in people and supporting all participants to achieve the right outcomes for children and young people.

Over 60% of all statutory SEND disagreements proceed to mediation or disagreement resolution. Once accredited, you will have the skills, knowledge, and expertise to chair some of the 4000+ mediations which take place annually.

What does the training look like?


This two-day specialist training programme is approved by the Civil Mediation Council and College of Mediators and covers both the theoretical and practical elements required for accreditation as a specialist SEND mediator.

After having attended our specialised training programme, mediators will be required to engage in a period of supported practice in order to reach accreditation. This should consist of, at least 12 hours of casework and a further 2 hours of reflection on their practice.


Delegates are free to complete their level 2 components independently of Collis Mediation Ltd, via a professional practice consultant or alternative organisation. However, Collis Mediation Ltd is unique in its commitment to ensuring that all delegates are equally afforded access to the subsequent casework and observation elements of the process.


Our Enhanced Supported Practice includes:

Casework- 4no cases- 4-hours

Observations- 2no cases- 4-hours

Co-mediation- 2no cases- 4-hours

Reflective Practice with a Professional Practice Consultant (PCC)- 2-hours

Total 14-hours

Why Choose Collis Mediation Ltd?


Collis Mediation Ltd are one of the country's leading independent, impartial and confidential SEND Mediation specialists, contracted by the government, to work with local authorities, parents, carer's and young people to help clarify, narrow down and resolve disagreements about the education of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.

Collis Mediation Ltd are one of the few approved training providers who are approved and listed on the Civil Mediation Council SEND Mediator register and currently carry out imore than 15% of all SEND Mediation in the UK and able to offer a full enhanced period of support as part of your journey to full accreditation.

Dominic Collis MSoM FCMI

Dominic Collis, Managing Director of Collis Mediation Ltd and lead tutor, has the benefit of chairing in excess of 3000 mediations, which makes him one of the country’s most experienced SEND mediators.


Collaborating with schools, academies, local authorities, parents, carer’s and young people on a daily basis, Dominic is considered a specialist in the statutory SEND framework.


He holds a Chartered Fellowship with the CMI, is a Mediation Provider Organisation and mentor for the Civil Mediation Council, a professional member of Neurodiversity in Law, whilst also holding qualifications in delivering SEND strategies in the classroom.


Nicola Cleaver

Nicola Cleaver comes to Mediation from a legal background having practiced Criminal Law for 11 years. Nicola has a wealth of experience involving young children as a result of her legal practice and is initiative-taking in promoting and harnessing the voice of the child in SEND mediation and Dispute Resolution.


Nicola has undertaken numerous training courses with the National Autistic Society and the NHS concentrating on Autistic Spectrum Disorder as well as Sensory Processing Deficiencies and Speech, Language & Communication. Methods.


Nicola is part of the Senior Leadership Team at Collis Mediation Ltd and is an accredited Civil and Commercial Mediator, a SEND Registered Mediator with the CMC & CoM and in demand trainer.


Nancy Radford

Nancy Radford has been a Civil and Commercial Mediator for 6 years. She is an Accredited Mediator in Special Educational Needs and Disability on the Joint Register of the College of Mediators & CMC and has been working in SEND Mediation for 5 years. She is a qualified trainer and coach. For the last 13 years she has specialised in change management and conflict resolution.


She is the author of Conflict First Aid: How to Stop Personality Clashes and Disputes from Damaging You or Your Organisation, based on research and experience (Jan 2018)

Course Details

Please find below, a brief overview of the learning modules contained within this programme.


Day 1 Day 2
Types of SEND- General Overview Managing Multi-Party Meetings
Language and Definition Working with Advocates
Relevant Legislation Parental Responsibility
Role of Professionals Authorisation to Settle
The Graduated Approach Agreement Writing in a SEND Context
Reasonable Adjustments SEND First-tier Tribunal
Education, Health and Care Plan's (EHCPs) How a Mediation Provider Works
Preparing for Mediation Local Offer
The 'Voice of the Child/ Young Person' Self Reflection
Power Imbalances in SEND Mediation De-Brief


Learning Outcomes 

  1. Learning SEND procedures and processes
  2. Exploring Statutory Timescales and the Legal Framework in which they sit - Obtaining appropriate SEND skills, knowledge, and expertise
  3. Understanding your responsibilities for the overall practice
  4. Developing an impartial approach whilst empowering and supporting

Course cost
Level 1-
Two-day Accredited SEND Mediator Training Course £1250 + vat


Level 2-

Enhanced Supported Practice
Up to 14-hours Enhanced Supported Practice £75 per hour + vat


Upcoming Course dates and locations

24th-25th January 2022 - Suffolk

21st-22nd February 2022 - Leeds

21st-22nd March 2022 - London

For further details on training and accreditation, please get in touch using our Contact Page and download our information booklet or booking form below.


CMC and COM Accredited SEND Mediator Training Course Booklet
Please download our course booklet for more information.
SEND Training Booklet FINAL.pdf
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You can also use the Accredited SEND Mediator Training Course Booking Form below.

Accredited SEND Mediator Training Course Booking Form
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