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The DfE (Department for Education) has issued new guidance

Erin Smart

The DfE (Department for Education) has issued new guidance, first published on 8th March, 2018 detailing how the National Trial will work in the SEN (Special Educational Needs) Tribunal. This has been much anticipated since the end of the pilot scheme from June 2015 to August 2016.

Education, Health and Care Plans Deadline, April 2018

Erin Smart

As many parents may be aware, the Children and Families Act 2014, introduced Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) which were to be an improved, person-centred document to detail children’s special educational needs and provision. They were to replace the old system of Statements which many parents were familiar with. 

Autism in Education in England 2017 - the new report by the APPGA

Erin Smart

The All Party Parliamentary Group on Autism (APPGA) has published a report on Autism in England. In this blog I summarise some of the key findings.

School admission policies

Erin Smart

Parents have a right to express a preference in respect of the school they wish to educate their children. Places are offered to children based on the policies of the school, and/or Local Authority. These should, however, be in line with the guidance – namely that admissions policies must be reasonable and non-discriminatory.

Does your child have a place in education in September?

Erin Smart

With the summer holidays now upon us, parents will be looking for something for their children to do for the 6 weeks ahead. Spare a thought, however, for those parents with no placement for their child/children come September 2017. 

What are your options if your child is the victim of disability discrimination?

Erin Smart

Where a disabled child is the victim of discriminatory treatment parents have the right to bring a claim before the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST). 

Adopted children –how are their SEN needs met?

Erin Smart

Adopted children are entitled to priority access to schools, free early education, Early Years Pupil Premium and Pupil Premium. This support is provided to allow for these children to “catch-up” from previously difficult situations which may have hindered their progress to date.

Clinical negligence – a child’s education must be priority

Erin Smart

Where negligence has led to a diagnosis of, for example, Cerebral Palsy, it is important that the child is provided for moving forward. 

How a special educational needs solicitor can help in a child brain injury case

Erin Smart

Where a child is injured, it may follow that they require some additional support at school moving forwards, especially if, for example, they have suffered brain injury.

Comments on the SEND disagreement resolution review

Erin Smart

On 29th March 2017, the Department for Education published its review into the implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014, with particular focus on the effectiveness of the Act’s reformed disagreement resolution processes.


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