1. When you can appeal

Appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal if you disagree with a decision your local authority has made about an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

The process is different if you want to appeal a decision about a special educational needs (SEN) statement or if you’re in Wales.

Who can appeal

You must talk to a mediation adviser before you appeal.

You can appeal as either:

You can appeal if you don’t agree with the EHC plan your local authority has made, or if they:

  • refuse to make an EHC assessment or reassessement
  • refuse to create an EHC plan after making an assessment or reassessment
  • refuse to change the sections of an existing EHC plan which are about education (sections B, F and I)
  • decide your child doesn’t need an EHC plan any more

Help you can get

Check if you can get legal aid.

You can also get free help and advice from:

Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS) Network nppn@ncb.org.uk
Telephone: 020 7843 6958
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