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Increase in child mental health referrals

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Report finds substantial increase in child mental health referrals – where do we go from here? As Education law solicitors we work with many parents who have experienced significant delays with obtaining support for their children who are suffering...

Local Authority - 20 week statutory timescale extension

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Can your Local Authority lawfully extend the 20 week statutory timescale to finalise an EHCP? We have had several calls from parents over the last couple of weeks asking for clarification as to whether their Local Authority can extend the 20 week...

Record school exclusion rates are a serious cause for concern

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The specialist Education team at HCB Solicitors have received a sharp rise in calls this year from parents regarding fixed and permanent exclusions. Approximately 9 times out of 10 the excluded child has a special educational need, which has not been met...

Mental Health Services in England - the not so shocking truth

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The Care Quality Commission have today published the phase one report of their review of children and young people’s mental health services which ultimately reveals, as expected, that too many children and young people “have a poor...

The ongoing battle for SEN support

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A recent article published by the Guardian highlights that families are facing significant challenges securing SEN support for their children. It seems that families are simply giving up on seeking EHC needs assessments because of the barriers...

GCSE results not what you expected? Here's what to do

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In England today pupils will be receiving their GCSE grades however; they will look extremely different to how many of us remember them. This year students are the first to be awarded numerical grades for GCSE’s with 9 being the...

HELP! My A Level results are not what I was expecting - what can I do?

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Today, many anxious students in England and Wales will receive their A-level results. This year in particular there is much apprehension regarding these results due to the changes in the qualification system, which has seen many A-level courses removing the...

Can super parenting cure autism?

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A recent news article on BBC News is titled “super parenting improves children’s autism”. The article talks about the latest trend of communication specialists providing parents with ‘super’ parenting techniques in...

Students and stress: why mental health matters

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It's that time of year again where students are arriving or returning to University with parent's cars full of belongings and enough tupperware of Spag Bol to feed the entire campus. The physical wellbeing of students is often discussed openly...