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We offer specialist advisory and advocacy service for parents with children with special educational needs (SEN)

SEN Action offers a specialist advisory and advocacy service for parents with children with special educational needs (SEN) and for young people with SEN. We focus particularly on supporting our clients in their appeal to the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal (SEN Tribunal / SENDIST).

We are also able to support you in other matters relating to special educational needs (SEN), such as admission appeals, exclusions and disability discrimination. SEN Action is also in the process of developing its service to include support for your people with special educational needs in higher education (i.e. University).

Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunals (SEN Tribunals / SENDIST)

SEN Action offers a specialist advisory and advocacy service for parents with children with special educational needs and for young people with SEN who wish to appeal to the SEN Tribunal (SENDIST) against the decision of their Local Authority (LA).
You may decide to appeal if your Local Authority (LA) has done one of the following:
Refused to conduct an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHC Assessment);
Refused to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP/ EHC Plan) following an EHC Needs Assessment;
Has issued an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP/ EHC Plan), however you do not agree with the description of the special educational needs (Section B) or special educational provision (Section G) or the educational setting named in the plan (Section I)
Has refused to amend the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP / EHC Plan) or the Statement of Special Educational Needs following an Annual Review despite your disagreement with what it says. Please note: Following each Annual Review you can appeal to the SEN Tribunal (SENDIST).
Has decided to cease the Education, Health and Care Plan or Statement of SEN.

The Complete Package

SEN Action’s complete package means that your case will be handled by our highly experienced Specialist Advocate from start to finish (See our Advocate’s profile here).

Our complete package is offered at a capped fee of £5,500 plus VAT. You will pay no more than this for our service and may pay less if your appeal settles without the need for a hearing. (See our cost page for more details)
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Representation Only

SEN Action offers a Representation Only service. This means that if you require specialist representation at your appeal Hearing then we can offer that support to you.

You would choose this option for a number of reasons. You may have for example decided to prepare the entire appeal by yourself but want support at the Hearing. Or maybe somebody else has prepared the appeal for you but will not be representing you at the Hearing. They may suggest you instruct a barrister for example.
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The Upper Tribunal

When the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SEN Tribunal/ SENDIST) makes a decision following a Hearing, either Party (Parent/ young person or Local Authority (LA)) has the right to appeal that decision to what is called the Upper Tribunal.

We have provided a number of FAQs on the Upper Tribunal, however generally speaking an Upper Tribunal appeal involves a discussion on whether the SEN Tribunal has applied and followed the law correctly. It can involve a highly technical analysis of case law and legislation
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Mediation / Dispute Resolution

Mediation and Dispute Resolution has been given an extra emphasis following the introduction of The Children and Families Act 2014.

For example, in order to lodge an appeal with the Special Educational Needs & Disability Tribunal (SEN Tribunal/ SENDIST)you will have to speak to a qualified mediator first. The mediator has to be one identified by the LA and you will need a certificate from the mediator confirming that you have had a discussion.
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Higher Education (University)

This is a developing area of expertise for SEN Action and such our knowledge and expertise is growing. Our Specialist Advocate for example, recently supported a student to successfully challenge her final degree classification. The student had a disability that the University failed to take into account.
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