Downloadable Resources:

Children and Families Act (2014) Part 3

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Children_and_Families_Act.pdf
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SEND_Code_of_Practice_January_2015.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 3.2 MB

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SEND_Regs_2014.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 209.9 KB

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Letter 1 - Request for EHC needs assessm
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EHC_assess_plan_timescales.pdf
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Letter to Director of Children's Services - single route of redress national trial, 24 10 2017

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RG to DCSs re SRR national trial final e
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Template letter regarding asking for reports to be written in accordance with Regulation 6

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Template_letter_Reg_6_EHC_assessment (1)
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SEND Myths 2017

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SEND Myths '17[1].pdf
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First-tier Tribunal Practice Directions

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practice direction.pdf
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First-tier Tribunal Rules

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HESC Tribunal Rules - August 2015.pdf
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First_tier Tribunal guidance for National Guidance of Single Route of Redress


January 2018, Powerpoint presentation by André Imich, SEN and Disability Professional Adviser, Department for Education, providing an update on the SEND Reforms, including information about the two year trial expanding the powers of the First-tier Tribunal SEND to make recommendations about the health and social care aspects of EHC plans.  This will apply to Local Authority decisions and EHC plans issued or amended by Local Authorities from 3 April 2018.

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A-Imich-Presentation-Jan-2018.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 806.4 KB

Ofsted and CQC joint inspections of LA SEND - first year.

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local_area_SEND_inspections_one__year__o
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Request for a S17 assessment under the Children's Act 1989

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request_for_a_s17_assessment.pdf
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Example of a 'refusal to undertake an EHC assessment' scenario

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I have become aware that my daughter is
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Example of a completed appeal form for 'refusal to undertake EHC assessment'

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send24b-eng.pdf
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Appeals:  forms and guidance

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How to appeal a Special Educational Need
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Refusal_to_assess_child_school_age.pdf
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Appeal_EHCplan_child_of-below_stat_schoo
Adobe Acrobat Document 585.1 KB
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Appeal_over_stat_school_age-25.pdf
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Request_for_Change.pdf
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Carrying_out_Order.pdf
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Case law relating to appeals.

 

Appeals to the First tier Tribunal are decided in accordance with the evidence.  However, over the years case law has established certain legal principles which need to be taken into account by the Local Authority and, in the case of an appeal, by Tribunal panel when making a decision about your child or young person.  A few years ago David Wolfe QC produced what became known as the 'Noddy guide' to list all the relevant case law which needed to be taken into account when decisions are made about an appeal.  This guide has just been updated (march 2018) and is enclosed to assist with your appeal preparations. 

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SEN-Noddy-Guide-March-2018.pdf
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Research report about Disagreement Resolution for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (including the SEND Tribunal) and the government response (Department for Education), March 2017

Please see here for the latest report, including results of survey by CEDAR, undertaken with over 102 local authorities.

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CEDAR_review_Disagreement_Resolution.pdf
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Government_report_on_CEDAR_review.pdf
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Research undertaken about EHC plans

Results of a survey of parents in 2015 regarding their experience of the EHC plan process.

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Education__health_and_care_plans_parents
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Aids, adaptations and equipment.
Contact A Family's brilliant guide to obtaining aids, adaptations and equipment.
aids_adaptations_and_equipment.pdf
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