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When Local Authorities make certain decisions about the education and/or training of a child or young person with SEN, there is a right of appeal  to an independent Tribunal – The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, known as “SEND”.  If the decision concerns a child, it is the parent who has the right of appeal. If the decision concerns a young person, then it is the young person who has the right of appeal.

All SEN appeals registered after 1st August 2016 will now have a 12 week timetable (instead of the previous 20 week one).  Appeals about disability discrimination will continue to have longer timetables.

The timetable for your appeal will be set out in the Tribunal's registration letter and directions.  You should read these very carefully and note the important dates as it is still possible that some appeals might be listed on a slightly different timetable depending on the availability of Judges and Panel members.

If the matter is urgent, or you would like your case to be listed in less than 12 weeks, you can ask for that to happen.  The Tribunal has introduced an 'Earlier Hearing Date' form which you could use to ask for this.  If you do want to ask for a shorter timetable it will be helpful to let the Local Authority know that you are doing so, and try to see if they will also agree to the appeal being dealt with more quickly.

Before bringing an appeal to SEND, consideration of mediation must come first. This does not mean that mediation is compulsory, but it must be considered. The exception is an appeal about the school/college placement or where no school/college is named.

A decision that is challengeable by bringing a case to SEND could potentially be eligible for  legal aid. The type of help available is known as “legal help”. A parent or young person with a right of appeal eligible for this will receive support from a solicitor to prepare the case and may also be able to obtain funding for any additional evidence needed such as reports from independent experts. It will not include advocacy support at a hearing. To check if you may be entitled to legal aid, check the civil legal advice website  https://www.gov.uk/civil-legal-advice

There are a set of You tube clips which outline the whole process and will probably answer most of your questions however if you need local support feel free to contact the Information Advice and Support Service 0300 303 2000  or the Independent Support Service 0330 6600 925 both are free and confidential.

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iSign Booklet WEB-1The National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS) have published a new guide for families of young deaf children in England on learning British Sign Language.

The guide explains some of the reasons why parents learn BSL as well as outlining the support that might be available to them from their local authority. The guide also describes barriers some parents have faced in learning BSL and how access could be improved through the forthcoming Special Educational Needs reforms.

Please click here to visit the NDCS website and download the PDF guide, alternatively, you can order a printed copy from their Helpline: 0808 800 8880 or email: helpline@ndcs.org.uk or click on the link below:

I sign guide

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Do you often wonder what some words/terms mean? For example, 'Senco' - only to think "what is a Senco?"

If you are not sure what some of the abbreviations or definitions used on our website mean then why not take a quick look at our Glossary.

To help you understand the meaning of any words that are featured in the glossary they are identified by a dotted blue line underneath them; if you hover over the word a pop up box will explain what the word means. The word will only appear once on a page.

If you wish to view the complete Glossary then please click here.

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a1sx2_Thumbnail1_Dyslexia-Awareness---Top-5-QandAs-for-parents_250WEB-.jpgDyslexia is a specific type of learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. 

Dyslexia occurs across the range of intellectual abilities and is not an indication of intelligence or lack thereof.

The impact of dyslexia is extensive: if you cannot learn to read, you cannot read to learn and everything we do at school and throughout life requires us to have the skills to be able to read fluently and accurately. Above and beyond the difficulties and barriers that dyslexia presents, is the damage that low self-esteem can cause. However, with the right help and support, strategies to overcome difficulties associated with dyslexia can be learnt and dyslexia needn't be a barrier to achievement.

www.smallstepsonline.co.uk produced an article last October about the top 5 most frequently asked questions by parents and the answers. Please click here to read more

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New Guidance on Home to School Travel and transport effective from March 2013 has been published providing a summary of the statutory duties with which local authorities must comply when making home to school travel arrangements.

Please click on the link below to view:

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Do you have a Disability? Are you a parent or carer of a disabled child or adult? If so, the Disability Grants website will help you to save time finding information about Disability Grants. Please click on the link below for more information and to view their website:


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