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Disagreements, mediation and the SEND Tribunal

The Children and Families Act 2014 requires all local authorities and health commissioner services to provide an independent mediation and dispute resolution service to help when parents/carers, young people, schools, health care services and the local authority cannot agree on how to meet a child…

Education Health and Care Plan template form

A template form of the Education Health and Care Plan used by the City of Westminster can be downloaded from the right hand side section of this page.

Education, Health and Care Annual Review information

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) needs to be regularly kept up-to-date to ensure that information and provision contained in it continues to reflect your child's needs and provision required. Legally, the EHCP must be reviewed every year. This is called the Annual Review.…

Education, Health and Care needs assessment – decision making

We decide whether to give your child an education, health and care (EHC) plan after a formal assessment of their needs. The statutory timescale for completing a new EHC needs assessment is 20 weeks.   If we decide not to issue an education, health and care…

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

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…

Fostering and adoption

Placements Westminster City Council shares its fostering and adoption service with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, devoting more resources to helping find families for the children who need them.  For further information email the team on corampostadoption@westminster.gov.uk Private fostering If you have been looking after…

Funding equipment in schools for pupils with SEND

In general, it is the responsibility of the school and education setting to fund equipment that supports the needs of children or young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) who attend.  However, the Local Authority understands that it is not always reasonable to…

Further education funding for young people with special educational needs and disabilities

There are a range of different funding arrangements made available to further education providers to help meet the needs of young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). How this funding is provided can depend on the type of educational provider, the age of…

Independent (Private) Schools

What are independent schools? Independent schools (also known as private schools) are educational providers not funded or maintained by the Government. Pupils at independent schools may not follow the national curriculum. You will usually be expected to pay fees for your child to attend an…

Participation and Young People's Voice

All for Youth Newsletter October edition out now! Click here to download    Information, Support and Opportunities for 16-25 year olds For employment, training, advice, mentoring, volunteering, youth activities and more, download our new document for Westminster and RBKC or open the tab 'Support for young people over…