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:
- someone with parental responsibility for a young person, or as their foster parent or carer
- a young person
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:
- the Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
- your local Parent Partnership Service through the Information, Advice and Support Services (IASS) Network