If you have a child with special educational needs, getting your child properly assessed and then properly supported in school can be a minefield for parents.

This very difficult process also comes at a time when you are caring for a child whose special needs can leave you feeling exhausted and emotionally drained.

Your local authority may not lead properly because of the competing financial restraints they are under. You may need the input of independent experts to get a proper assessment of your child’s needs.

This is why Attwaters Jameson Hill’s Education Law solicitors are here.

We pledge to provide every client with outstanding personal service and communication, unrivalled industry knowledge and a proven track record of successfully representing clients regarding the assessment of special educational needs.

How do we achieve this?

Our Education Law specialists continue to demonstrate considerable success in:

  • Obtaining Statutory Assessments
  • Obtaining independent expert advice
  • Obtaining Statements of Special Educational Needs
  • Advising on the suitability of the content of the Statement
  • Appeals to the First Tier (Special Educational Needs and Disability) (SEND) and Upper Tribunals
  • Children with Statements of Special Educational Needs

Any appeal against the refusal to admit a child who has a Statement of Special Educational Needs to a particular school would be brought in the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) and not before an Admission Appeal Panel.

This is a different process and one that focuses on your child’s educational needs rather than on what prejudice would be caused if the child was not admitted to the parental choice of school.

In the event of an unsuccessful appeal, a parent can consider a complaint to the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) (for maintained schools), or the Secretary of State (for Academies) for Maladministration or apply for Judicial Review on procedural grounds if they are of the view that the Panel did not conduct the appeal lawfully.

Obtaining clear, high quality legal advice as soon as possible will ensure the correct issues can be identified and appropriate representations made.

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