Monday 01 March 2021 is this year’s national offer day for secondary school admission applications when parents and pupils receive the decision on whether they have been successful in their choice of preferred secondary school. Natalie Tolley in our...
Any parent or carer wants the best for their child and in general circumstances the correct learning environment and the right support can make a fundamental difference to the outcomes achieved by children.
In cases of children with additional needs adequate support and provision should function to put the child at a comparable level to their age related development. Children and the parents of a child with special education needs (SEND) often have additional challenges every day, which makes ensuring that he right level of support is considered and where necessary provided is absolutely crucial.
The law relating to special educational needs changed substantively in 2014 and a code of practice relating to this outlines the responsibilities of education providers and local authorities. Part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014 is wider in its definition of SEND including the Equalities Act and covers both children and young persons from 0 -25 years of age. The legislation strives to put children and parents at the heart of the process of considering whether an education, health and care plan is needed.
As a parent, the difficulties in having to juggle what can be complex caring responsibilities, understanding the law and undertaking what often feels like an uphill struggle just to get what is needed can be overwhelming.
Our specialist team approach matters from a parent or carer perspective, with the additional benefit of wider experience within the education sector. This means that efforts to resolve disputes can be achieved without the need for SEND tribunal involvement.