It’s a good idea to continue talking to the local authority when you are in disagreement, as it may be possible to resolve without having to lodge an appeal.
Let them know what it is you disagree with and what you would like changed.
These discussions will help you decide whether to appeal and if you do, it could be useful when building your case. Continue talking with them even after lodging an appeal.
Appealing to the SEND Tribunal is a formal legal process and can feel quite daunting for parents. Information and preparation are key, take a look at our information, and if you are undecided or have any questions about appealing, please get in touch.
If you are thinking about appealing these local authority decisions, you must firstly consider mediation:
- refusal to carry out an EHC needs assessment
- refusal to issue an EHC plan
- the contents of a final EHC plan or amended plan
- decision not to amend an EHC plan
- decision to cease to maintain an EHC plan
Watch this video about what to expect at a SEND tribunal hearing.
Building your case
Click the tiles below for advice around the evidence needed for these various types of appeal.