How Did We Help the Parents Appeal Against the Local Authority?
We lodged an appeal against the contents of Sections B, F and I of the boy’s EHCP to the SEND Tribunal.
We argued that the Local Authority had failed to correctly apply Section 39 of the Children and Families Act 2014, in naming a general Further Educational college in Section I of the EHCP.
After continued collaboration with the Local Authority, a specialist post-16 school placement was named in Section I of the EHCP.
What Was The Outcome for the Boy?
A specialist post-16 school placement was named in Section I of the boy’s EHCP, which was a huge success for the boy and his parents. Some of the facilities at this placement included a hydrotherapy pool, playground, soft play areas, a games area and gardens.
This was a completely different placement to those originally in dispute and the Local Authority named it very late in proceedings. It nevertheless came as a welcome surprise the family - it was less than a mile from their house and they felt it could offer the provision their son needed. They’d originally been led to believe that this college was not an option because it had no places available. The family were delighted with the outcome and the boy was able to start college immediately.
How We Can Help You Appeal Your Child’s EHCP Decision
If you’re unhappy with the school that has been named for your child with SEND, or you’re experiencing difficulties with your child’s phase transfer, get in touch with our Education Law Solicitors. We have extensive knowledge in this area, and we’ll be on your side throughout to get the best outcome for your child.
Many of the families we speak to, like the parents in this article, have said there was a huge advantage to getting our specific advice on appeals. They have said the advice and expertise we provide meant they submitted all the right evidence on behalf of their child.
We helped another parent this year make amends to her daughter’s EHCP, and she got the full support and funding she was entitled to. She said she was “confident that the Local Authority would not have agreed” to her wishes around her child’s school without the help of our lawyers, and has agreed to use us again for advice on her other child’s EHCP.
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.
We will make sure the case you put forward is as strong as it can be.