Special Educational Needs and Disability
From 1 September 2014 the process of assessing the needs and making educational provision for children with special educational needs will start to change.
Children and young people from 0 – 25 years can pursue appeals in the Tribunal and young people over the statutory school age of 16 can appeal in their own right, rather than through their parents.
New requests to local authorities for an education, health and care assessment will follow the new legislation Children and Families Act 2014.
Children and young people who already have a statement of special educational needs maintained by their local authority, will see a gradual transition into the new arrangements.
Until the new system is fully implemented, there will be different legal considerations by the tribunal depending on whether the appeal involves a statement or an EHC plan. To help you with the process, different forms are being used and different versions of the guidance are available depending on the type of appeal.