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Extension of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal Trial

Last Updated 06/11/2019 A picture of a gavel

The Government has extended its two-year Trial of increased powers for the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal so that it is now due to end at the end of August 2020. This means that the Tribunal will continue to hear appeals relating to Health and Social Care sections of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) until that date.  

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal is the independent legal body to which families can appeal when they disagree with decisions made by local authority about a child's Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment or Plan.

Originally, the Tribunal only heard cases relating to the educational component of EHCPs. However, in April 2018 the Government began a two-year trial which gave the Tribunal powers to make non-binding decisions about Health and Social Care sections. This will now continue until August 2020 at which point a decision will be made on the way forward. 

For more information on what changes were included in the Trial, please click here.

If you are unhappy with a local authority decision relating to your or your child's EHC needs assessment or Plan, click here to find out more about actions you can take.  



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