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By 2018, between 3,000 and 4,700 appeals a year have been registered with the First-tier SEND Tribunal since the plans were introduced in 2014. While most appeals are conceded by the local authority or withdrawn, more than 80% of those decided by a tribunal are all (or in part) in favour of the child. It remains hard for parents to challenge decisions when faced with such a complex web of education legislation, policy and procedure, as well as new health and social care elements which are governed by different legislative frameworks and thresholds.
You may appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (SEND) in the following circumstances:
Contents of the statement of special educational needs including:
Any appeal in relation to the above must be lodged within two months of the decision so time is of the essence.
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