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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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Requesting an EHC assessment

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

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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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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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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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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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Annual reviews (Updated Feb 2019)

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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Judicial review updated Aug 2020

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

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Click to download Judicial Review FAQ's

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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Appealing to the SEN tribunal - Updated


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

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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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Empower yourself with our Information Booklets

Booklets written by Eleanor Wright, SOS!SEN coordinator and solicitor cover the following topics:

  • Assessment of Special Educational Needs
  • Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Appeals to Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal
  • SEN and Exclusion from School
  • SEN Provision for young people over 16 (coming soon)

You can register and purchase these booklets here for £5 each: 


All our webinars are accessible by the same link for £8 or £10 each, with 60 day access  These have been led by a variety of experts including Eleanor Wright, SOS!SEN coordinator and Solicitor. They cover the following topics (and more!):

  • The EHC Needs Assessment Process
  • How to Check a Draft EHCP
  • Appeals against the refusal to assess/issue an EHC Plan 
  • Appeals against the Content of an EHCP
  • Drafting Reasons for Appeal
  • SEN Provision for young people over 16
  • Flying the Nest: Preparing a young person with an EHCP for University
  • SEND Tribunal Video Hearings: what are they like?