- Alcester Office +44 (0)1789 765522
- Bedford Office +44 (0)1234 400000
- Birmingham, New St. Office +44 (0)121 270 5666
- Birmingham, Newhall St. Office +44 (0)121 703 2606
- Bristol Office +44 (0)1454 275 190
- Cardiff Office +44 (0)29 2240 8700
- Evesham Office +44 (0)1386 425300
- Gatwick Office +44 (0)1293 602890
- Harrow Office +44 (0)20 8907 4366
- Leicester Office +44 (0)116 255 9911
- Leigh Office +44 (0)1942 673311
- Lichfield Office +44 (0)1543 414426
- Luton Office +44 (0)1582 720175
- Northampton Office +44 (0)1604 233 200
- Redditch Office +44 (0)1527 406363
- Solihull Office +44 (0)121 705 2255
- Stopsley Office +44 (0)1582 453 366
- Sutton Coldfield Office +44 (0)121 355 6118
- Tunbridge Wells Office +44 (0)1892 553090
- Walkden Office +44 (0)161 790 1411
- Walsall Office +44 (0)1922 720000
- Warrington Office +44 (0)1925 632267
- Westhoughton Office +44 (0)1942 816515
- Whitefield Office +44 (0)161 796 7920
- Wigan Office +44 (0)1942 244294
Special Educational Needs help in Gloucestershire
Our SEN Solicitors in Gloucestershire have provided expert education law advice to secure special educational needs support for several children, young people and families. This can involve an appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
What are Special Educational Needs in Gloucestershire?
Special educational needs (SEN) affect how a person learns and accesses school. The needs can affect everything, for example:
- ability to learn
- concentration levels
- social skills
- hearing and/or visual impairment
- physical ability
If a child or young person has difficulties at school, beyond that of their peers, and need additional support, it is likely that they have special educational needs.
If you are not sure whether your child or young person has special educational needs, you should seek specific legal advice.
Gloucestershire SEN teams operate under their own policies, but also must comply with the Children and Families Act 2014 and the SEND Code of Practice 2015. Whilst the law can be complicated, in our experience the policies can overly simplify the law and confuse quite complex rules. This can result in poor decision making. That is often why parents in Gloucestershire seek special educational needs advice from us.
Gloucestershire’s SEN policies and guidance can be found here:
Whilst being aware of the policies can be useful, parents should always focus on the Special Educational needs Code of Practice, and underlying law, rather than Gloucestershire’s SEN policies only. The SEN Code of Practice can be found here:
What is SEN Support in Gloucestershire?
Each local authority is required to prepare a Local Offer, setting out the SEN Support that is available in the area. Gloucestershire special educational needs Local Offer can be found here:
Normally, school will identify that a child or young person has special educational needs. When this happens, the class teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo), will plan additional support. This follows a cycle called “Assess, Plan, Do, Review”.
If the school does not identify a pupil with special educational needs, it may be necessary to seek an EHC needs assessment of their special educational needs from the local authority.
If the child or young person needs more support than the school can provide, an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) may be needed. The school should discuss with the child, young person and their parents / guardian requesting an EHC needs assessment. It is very important to note that there is no requirement to try to cycle of Assess, Plan, Do, Review before seeking an EHC needs assessment or an Education Health and Care Plan.
How can I get an EHCP in Gloucestershire?
The guidance for securing an EHC needs assessment and EHCP in Gloucestershire can be found here:
This can be a helpful guide to know how to qualify for an EHCP in Gloucestershire. However, it is important to know that the local authority must comply with legal duties, as well as operating its own policies.
Before an EHCP can be issued, the local authority must make an EHC needs assessment.
At the conclusion of the EHC needs assessment, the local authority will decide whether an EHCP is necessary.
The term “necessary” has been the focus of much litigation. It means that the local authority must consider the subjective needs of the child or young person, the special educational provision that they need and whether it is reasonably likely that a mainstream school can deliver that support.
If the local authority refuses to make an EHCP, you can appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.
Where can I find SEN legal advice in Gloucestershire?
We have helped in the following ways:
- securing an EHC needs assessment in Gloucestershire
- securing an EHCP in Gloucestershire
- Successful appeals to Tribunal against Gloucestershire’s refusal to make an EHCP
- Successful appeals to Tribunal against Gloucestershire’s refusal to make an EHC needs assessment
- Successfully appealing to Tribunal against Gloucestershire for additional support
- Successfully appealing to Tribunal against Gloucestershire for specialist school places
Our special education needs solicitors provide advice in Gloucestershire. To contact our specialist education solicitors (SEN solicitors), please call 02920 291 704.