Statement of Special Ed Needs

 

SEND Tribunal National Trial - What you need to know

What is the SEND Tribunal? The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) is an independent specialist tribunal that hears appeals during the EHCP process. This includes appeals from parents or a young person (YP) whose request for an...

Key Education Health and Care Plan diary dates for the year ahead

If you are a parent with a child or young person (YP) with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), then now is a good time to look ahead at the New Year and to plan for the key dates in the SEN calendar. Whilst timescales for the EHCP process are legally...

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...

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...
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I am so happy at the outcome, I don't think we would have had such a comprehensive service from any other law firm, and you took the worry away...I do not regret a single second of the whole process, apart from the bit before you got involved. 

James' mother, Boyes Turner client

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