IPSEA are experts in the field of special educational needs and disability law. We have been providing advice and advocacy to parents from the first stages of advice right through to tribunal and higher level appeals.

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Local authorities have particular duties towards some groups of children and young people who require home to school transport arrangements. The entitlements differ depending on the age of the child or young person. Our ‘Home to school/college transport’ webinar explains what the law says about transport entitlement and when it must be provided, explores children and young peoples’ rights and potential entitlement to transport provision, and identifies when it would be appropriate to make an application for transport provision or challenge a refusal to provide transport. In particular, the webinar covers the following topics: An explanation of the legal framework Eligible children - children of statutory school age who may be entitled to transport Exceptions to entitlement The position for children with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans The framework applying to those post-16 Transport for ‘adult learners’ How to make an application Challenging decisions Duration: 25 minutes Read More

Special educational provision is provision that is different from or additional to that normally available to pupils or students of the same age, and is designed to help children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) to access the National Curriculum at school or to study at college. In law, the local authority must secure the special educational provision specified in Section F of an EHC plan, although in practice most of the provision will be made by the school or college. This webinar looks at the duties on schools and local authorities to deliver special education provision, identifies what action families can take to make sure special education provision is enforceable, and explores the options open to families if they wish to challenge a local authority for failing to deliver the special education provision detailed in an EHC plan. Duration: 18 minutes Read More

The First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) (the ‘SEND Tribunal’) is an independent national tribunal which hears parents’ and young people’s appeals against local authority decisions about the special educational needs of children and young people. Our ‘Tribunal: hints and tips’ webinar looks at SEN appeals to the Tribunal, and covers: How parents/carers complete the appeal form itself and get the appeal registered Understanding the steps and stages of the appeal process and what to do at each stage Guidance for families on how to prepare effectively for your appeal hearing day Hints and tips on how to put your case across well on the day Duration: 25 minutes Edit Description Read More

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