Navigating the world of EHC plans (Educational Health and Care Plan) can be quite challenging when your child has SEN (Special Educational Needs). So the thought of having to appeal against a decision made in your EHC plan by your Local Authority can seem quite daunting. But don’t worry this guide will support and advise you in your decision to appeal against any decision regarding your child’s SEN.

What is First-Tier Tribunal?

First-Tier Tribunal SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability) is an independent national tribunal which hears parents’ and young people’s appeals against the Local Authority's decisions about the special educational needs of children and young people.

What is a SEND tribunal?

You can appeal to the SEND Tribunal if you’re unhappy with a decision made in relation to an EHC needs assessment or an EHC plan. There are no fees for parents or young people to pay. The SEND Tribunal has the power to order LAs to carry out EHC needs assessments, issue EHC plans, and amend existing EHC plans. LAs must comply with orders made by the SEND Tribunal.

Step 1: Prepare your tribunal bundle - prepare the documents you would like to produce to support your case in advance. 
Step 2: Getting support - you do not need a lawyer to appeal in a Send Tribunal. However, if you feel you need support contact your local SENDIASS.
Step 3: Appealing: completing the appeal form - you are required to send copies of all your supporting documents with the appeal form.
Step 4: After you send your appeal form - After you send your appeal form you should receive case directions, an attendance form and a case management questionnaire.
Step 5: The hearing - You are not required to attend the SEND Tribunal hearing however you may want to consider attending, as the panel will want to ask you relevant questions. 
Step 6: After the hearing - You should receive the decision of the SEND Tribunal within 10 working days after the hearing.

Read our full Send Tribunals guide here

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