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What we do

We’re responsible for handling appeals against local authority decisions regarding special educational needs, including a refusal to:

  • assess a child’s educational, health and care (EHC) needs
  • make a statement of their special educational needs
  • reassess their special educational needs
  • create an EHC plan
  • change what’s in a child’s special educational needs statement or EHC plan
  • maintain the statement or EHC plan

We also handle appeals against decisions to refuse people under 18 in custody:

  • an EHC assessment
  • an EHC plan after assessment
  • a placement to a suitable school or other institution after their release

We also handle appeals against discrimination by schools or local authorities due to a child’s disability.

Who we are

We are part of the Health, Education and Social Care Chamber, one of 7 chambers of the First-tier Tribunal which settles legal disputes and is structured around particular areas of law.

Tribunal information

Contact First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

General enquiries

First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability)
1st Floor, Darlington Magistrates Court


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