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Are we now seeing the reality of the SEND reforms?

We are approaching the end of the academic year. This is normally a busy time for education lawyers, particularly those of us who specialise in special educational needs. This year, however, has been the most hectic I have experienced in nearly 10 years...

Learning difficulty assessments (LDAs) - Your questions answered

Over recent weeks we have experienced an increase in enquiries from concerned parents and young people who (1) will be moving on to further education in September or (2) are already in further education but where they have been told that continued funding...

Education and Adoption Bill to become law

The Department for Education (DfE) has  confirmed  that the Education and Adoption Bill has completed its journey through Parliament and will now be put forward for Royal Assent. This means that the Bill will shortly become the Education and...

Statements and EHCPs to be amended by 15 February...

We are fast approaching the 15 February, the date by when local authorities (LAs) must issue a new  Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  for children who are transferring to a new phase of...

What happens when a Local Authority cuts funding half way through a course

The case of R (C) v Westminster City Council (2015) has just been reported. Unfortunately, we have not been able to locate the case on free databases and, as yet, have not received the full citation. The case concerns a judicial review of a...

Why a Statement (or EHCP) is crucial

The DfE has released an updated report on the destinations of pupils leaving Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. The data can be found  here . These figures relate to the academic year 2013/2014. As such, they are an assessment of the outcomes for children...

Bullying of SEN children - will the new law help?

Research has shown that  children with disabilities are more likely to be subject to bullying  with substantially higher levels of constant and occasional bullying than peers without any form of disability or special educational needs. The...

When should a Local Authority issue a Statement of SEN?

This case  concerned the Local Authority’s appeal against the  First Tier Tribunal’s  decision to allow the parents’ appeal against the Local Authority’s refusal to issue a statement of SEN. A, was a seven year old...

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James' mother, Boyes Turner client

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