4 July, 16

Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND)

Local authorities do not always follow the law when making decisions about children with special educational needs. When they do get it wrong, we are here to provide expert advice to parents and to challenge such decisions by appealing to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SEND) on your behalf.

Disabilities requiring special education

Should your child be born with a disability, it is highly likely that they will require special educational arrangements to assist with their education. Such disabilities include:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Dyslexia/Dyspraxia
  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Speech and language difficulties

Choosing the right school

Choosing a school to meet your child’s needs can be difficult, especially when the local authority turns you down. It can also be difficult to ensure that the local authority provides the right help for your child in school.

We understand how stressful and upsetting it can be when local authorities make poor decisions about your child and what they need in school in order to learn and progress.

Managing your appeal

You may wish to contact your local authority in the first instance to see if you can resolve any issues without the need for legal action.

We would not advise parents to attempt to lodge an appeal on their own without any legal help. There is only one chance to appeal, and in order for your case to have the best chance of success we strongly recommend you seek specialist legal advice.

You may wish to visit the SEND website for more information.

If you are unsure whether you have sufficient grounds to lodge an appeal, we would be pleased to look at your documentation and advise you.

If you have a child with special educational needs and wish to make an appeal to a SEND tribunal, our Education Lawyers can provide you with quality advice to achieve the best possible outcome.

For initial advice or to arrange a meeting with one of our solicitors, please contact us on 020 8299 6000.

Important things to consider

Our Education Law solicitors can offer expert advice and prepare your appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SEND). We have established links with the following experts who we can instruct on your behalf to provide independent reports about your child:

  • Educational psychologists
  • Clinical psychologists
  • Speech and language therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists

We also draft key documents, including the ’working document’, instruct expert barristers when required and, where possible, negotiate with the local authority to settle the appeal on favourable terms for your child, saving you the stress of having to attend an appeal hearing.

We will also ensure that the local authority carries out the decision of the tribunal fully and within the stipulated time-frame.

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