What Happens if I Miss the Deadline to Appeal?
If you’ve missed the deadline to appeal, don’t worry. You can still lodge an appeal but you’ll have to explain your reasons why it’s late on the appeal form, or outline them on a separate form to send with your appeal.
Once you have submitted your appeal, a Judge will look at it and will decide whether or not to allow it as a late appeal. From experience, if there is a valid reason for it being late, the Tribunal will usually allow it.
How to Appeal to the SEND Tribunal
After you’ve got your decision letter and mediation certificate, you’ll need to send the below documents to the Tribunal:
- SEND Tribunal Form, which must include your reason you’re appealing the decision and why your appeal is late (or you must attach your reason separately within the same email)
- Mediation Certificate
- Local Authority’s Decision Letter
- Education, Health and Care Plan (if you have one)
- Any other relevant documents, e.g. school reports or letters of diagnosis
You’ll can find the SEND Tribunal form on the gov.uk website.
The SEND Tribunal will get back to you about your appeal within 20 working days, whether you’ve lodged the appeal late or not. However, this can sometimes take longer.
Speak to an Education Law Solicitor
Our Education Law Solicitors can help you to draft your appeal. If you are applying past the deadline we can get your application done quickly and help make sure your reasons for applying late are written clearly.
If your child has SEND we know how concerning it can be if they’re not getting the right provision to help them at school. We know you wouldn’t have intentionally missed the deadline for lodging your appeal, so we can help explain this to the Tribunal for you.
We will always put your child’s best interests at the heart of everything we do because every child has the right to a suitable education.
Our specialist Education team take on both publicly and privately funded appeals and we will always be transparent about our fees.