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Amputation & special educational needs - What can be done to help?

A child or young person can face the trauma of amputation in a myriad of circumstances, be it from the treatment of meningitis or cancer, or as a result of an accident or injury. However, whatever the cause of injury, the recovery and rehabilitation of a...

Getting ready for the new school year

September is fast approaching and with it brings the start of a new school year. It would seem that parents now more than ever have an abundance of different types of school to choose from. Or do they? What responsibilities do the various bodies have and...

Angelman UK Family Conference 2018 - what we learnt about EHCPs

Angelman UK (also known as ASSERT) held its 10th family conference on the weekend of 10-12 th August 2018. Laxmi Patel , Head of Education, was invited to give a seminar on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) and run workshops on what parents can do...

Upper tribunal allows appeal - educational provision out-of-term-time

An interesting recent case, GK v North Somerset Council (2018) , was heard at the Upper Tribunal in relation to special educational provision out-of-term-time. Parents and educational professionals will know that children and young people (CYP) can take a...

School's out - but does your child have a school/college place ready for September?

Whilst most families will have settled into the summer holidays, waved goodbye to teachers, school transport and stopped making packed lunches, thoughts will turn in a few weeks to the start of the new school term. Preparations need to be made – school...

Help with education after a brain injury

An acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury caused to the brain after birth. It can be caused by a fall, a road traffic accident, stroke or a tumour or meningitis. The initial focus after all brain injuries is medical help. Once this has stabilised, for...

Dyslexia and support available through EHCPs

I recently visited the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre in Surrey, a specialist centre offering assessments and services for children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties, to provide training on Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). Helen Arkell...

When and how you should consider Special Educational Needs as part of a child's/young person's injury claim?

Where a child or young person has sustained an injury, whether through an accident or medical negligence, the initial focus is understandably centred on treatment and rehabilitation. Educational needs can either be overlooked or only considered at a later...

Annual Reviews and the Loop

A reminder of parent and young person’s rights under Annual Reviews. What are the rights of appeal following Annual Review? Section 51 Children and Families Act 2014 (CFA) gives parents and young persons the right to appeal of the Local...

Is a powered wheelchair a special educational provision?

The key issue in an appeal to Upper Tribunal  in the case of East Sussex County Council V JC [2018} UKUT 81 (AAC) was whether a powered wheelchair is a special educational provision .  In this case a young person was reliant on a...
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