Statement of Special Educational Needs annual review
We were instructed by the mother of her 14 year old son, Sam*, who had an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to assist with the Annual Review of Sam's Statement of Special Educational Needs. Sam's mother considered that he required a residential provision due to the deterioration in his behaviour at his current school.
We submitted detailed representations on behalf of the client to persuade the Local Authority to name and fund the residential placement, to hopefully avoid the need for an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal. We put forward the details of what was happening at home and the fact Sam was not progressing educationally. Following lengthy negotiations and correspondence, the Local Authority agreed to fund a residential school place.
The client considered that only a residential placement an Independent Special School, catering for children up to 19 years of age was suitable, but the Local Authority encouraged her to look at alternative schools. We advised the client to consider these placements, which she did. However, through negotiation with the Local Authority, they agreed with Sam's mother's choice of school and his Statement of Special educational Needs was amended to reflect this.
Further amendments were agreed to Parts 2 and 3 without the need to appeal to the First Tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).
*This is not the child's real name