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Information sheets

We have a number of information sheets you can download. They offer practical advice on the statutory assessment and EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) process, on how to appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (SENDIST), and on requesting a judicial review as well as a number of other topics.

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Whilst SEN law is currently in the process of change some of these articles still relate to the statementing process. New or updated documents that cover the EHCP process are marked as *NEW* and *UPDATED*.

 

*NEW*  Requesting an EHC assessment

Sample template letter for parents to adapt to request an EHC assessment

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*NEW*  Drafting reasons for appeal - Refusal to Assess

Sample template for parents to adapt to write their reasons for appeal when the LA has refused to carry out an EHC needs assessment

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*NEW*  Transition to EHC Plans

This information sheet looks in more detail at how the process of transitioning from statement to EHC Plan is supposed to work. It includes the statutory deadlines, details of the process, the contents of an EHC Plan and a look at how the process has been working so far.

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*NEW*  Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

This information sheet explains the purpose of an EHCP and gives details on what is to be expected in each of the twelve sections of an EHCP and what to look out for.

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*NEW*  Negotiating an EHCP

This information sheet deals with the process to be followed when a local authority (LA) has agreed to issue an Education Health and Care Plan and serves a draft copy on the parents or young person for consultation purposes.

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*UPDATED*
Annual reviews/Transfer reviews

This information sheet covers what annual reviews are for, how to prepare for them and what happens after an annual review.

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Choosing a New School

Finding the right school is not easy, as children’s needs vary very much.  Here are some useful guidelines on the differences between mainstream, special and specialist schools, and on what you should consider when looking for the right placement for your child.

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Statutory Assessment - for Statements

About the assessment, who can request it, the process, the criteria for deciding to issue a statement, and what to do if your local authority refuses to assess.

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Statements

The composition and wording of a statement, what should and should not be in it, and advice on how to negotiate with your local authority.

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How to check a statement

Advice on how to go through a proposed (or proposed amended) statement in order to see if it provides an accurate account of needs and appropriate, detailed and quantified provision.

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Appealing to the SEN tribunal - Statements

The procedure for making an appeal, what you need to do to prepare, and what happens at the Tribunal Hearing.

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How to write reasons for appeal - Statements

Advice on how to write your appeal against an SEN decision by your local authority.

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Judicial review

How it can be used to force a local authority to obey the law.

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Legal Aid

What it is and who may be able to get it.

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Challenging a tribunal decision

How, why, and when to consider challenging a decision.  Summaries of some useful case law.

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