If you don’t think your child is getting the right support for their education, an appeal to the SEND Tribunal may be necessary.
The appeals process will look different depending on your child, but no matter which stage you are up to, our Education Lawyers can help you.
We have years of experience in helping children get detailed, up to date Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) that fully meets their needs. Our team of Education Law experts have secured many independent school placements, access to therapies such as Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, ABA and appropriate school transport for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN).
Whether you want us to help from the moment you receive your decision letter, just provide tactical or strategic advice or represent you at a hearing, we will work to meet your needs and do everything we can to get your child the support they need.
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When Can You Appeal an EHCP?
- You disagree with the Local Authority’s decision not to carry out an Education Health and Care Assessment
- You disagree with the Local Authority’s decision not to issue an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) for your child after the assessment
- You disagree with the provision specified in your child’s EHCP
- Your child’s EHCP does not contain specified and quantified provision
- You don’t think the school named in the EHCP is right for your child
- Your child’s EHCP fails to name a school
If you’re not sure whether you can appeal your child’s EHCP, get in touch with our Education Lawyers for advice tailored to you and your child.
If you can’t make an appeal, there are other ways our team maybe able to help. Judicial Review could be one of several ways in which our specialist lawyers may be able to help.
How to Appeal an EHCP
- Receive your Decision Letter – No matter what the Local Authority’s decision is, you’ll receive a letter which will outline what you can do next.
- Consider Mediation – The details of your local mediation provider will be on your decision letter and before making an appeal you need to show that you’ve considered using a mediator. You don’t have to go through mediation, as long as you can show you considered it and spoken with the allocated mediation advisor about the pros and cons of mediation. Once you have spoken to a mediator, they will provide you with a mediation certificate which you will need to make an appeal even if you do not go through the mediation.
- Fill in a SEND Tribunal Appeal Form – You can download a form from the gov.uk website. You’ll need to choose which sections of the EHCP you want to appeal and provide reasons for your appeal.
- Give Evidence – This is a really important part of the appeals process, supplying proper evidence such as therapy and school reports to support your case could make the difference between winning your appeal.
- Lodge Your Appeal in Time – You either have 2 months from the date you received your letter, or 30 days from the date you received your mediation certificate to lodge your appeal with the SEND Tribunal. Your deadline is the later of these two.
Do I Need a Lawyer to Appeal and EHCP?
The appeals process is designed to be as parent friendly as possible, so you don’t have to use a Lawyer but many of the families we speak to consider there to be a huge advantage to getting specific advice on appeals.
Even if you don’t need to use an Education Lawyer for the entire process, getting advice before you attend the hearing can make sure you submit all the right evidence and that the case you put forward is as strong as it can be.
Our Education Law team know the appeals process inside out and have experience of what the SEND Tribunal needs to see to understand that your child needs more support for their education.
Getting legal help can save you the time and stress of going it alone.
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Why Choose Simpson Millar?
- We have the largest team of top ranked Education Law specialists in the UK
- We represent parents and children, not Local Authorities. So you can be sure our focus will always be on helping you navigate the system and you can trust that we’re on your side
- Our experts have years of experience in attending SEND Tribunal hearings
- We can level the playing field if the Local Authority instruct an experienced or senior Solicitor or Barrister
- We are the Open Lawyers which means we will always be open and honest with our advice and our fees
Here Are Just a Few People We've Helped:
Special College Placement Secured for Young Person with Down Syndrome
We negotiated with the Local Authority to get K into her preferred school placement and she also got direct access to a Speech and Language Therapist.Read More
Placement Secured for Young Person after Local Authority Ceased EHCP
We submitted detailed written evidence before the Hearing and the SEND Tribunal agreed that Y’s EHCP should continue and agreed she should attend the placement chosen by her mother.Read More
School Placement for Boy with ADHD and Learning Difficulties
We helped Mrs D submit written evidence and gave her expert legal advice on what oral evidence she could give at the Hearing so that her son could go to the school she preferred.Read More
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