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How to Appeal to the Tribunal Against a Special Educational Needs Decision in England


How to appeal to the Tribunal against a decision about your child’s special educational needs (England)
Primary target audience: Parents and carers
Format: Factsheet (un-designed)
Date live: 01/08/2018

This factsheet will give families with deaf children in England:

  • a basic understanding of the Tribunal appeals process
  • information about how to resolve disagreements
  • tips on how to lodge and prepare for an appeal.

Please note:

From 3 April 2018, the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) tribunal will have the power to look at the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans, as well as the education aspects.

The Tribunal can make non-binding recommendations about health and social care provision in EHC plans. 

This gives families a 'one stop shop' where they can appeal all aspects of an EHC plan.

Families will need to be appealing the education aspects of their child's EHC plan, not just the health or social care aspects to take an appeal to the Tribunal.