Advisory group on SEND review of disagreement resolution arrangements

The Department for Education and Ministry of Justice jointly chaired advisory group will advise on the special educational needs and disabilities review of disagreement resolution.

Terms of reference

The aim of the group is for the Department for Education and Ministry of Justice to lead a review of special educational needs and disabilities disagreement resolution arrangements, as required by the Children and Families Act 2014. The group will:

  • advise on issues concerning the scope of the review
  • advise on delivery of the review
  • discuss the progress of the review, including the evaluation of a tribunal pilot
  • ensure that the views and expertise of interested parties are represented
  • advise on the report to Parliament on the outcomes of the review


The Department for Education and Ministry of Justice jointly chaired the advisory group on the special educational needs and disabilities review of disagreement resolution.

The government’s report on the review was laid before Parliament on 29 March 2017 and was published alongside the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR) review.


Member Representing
Chair: Ann Gross, Director of Special Needs and Children’s Services Strategy Department for Education
Chair: Richard Mason, Deputy Director of Civil Justice, Administrative Justice, Coroners, Burials, Cremations and Inquiries Ministry of Justice
Flora Goldhill, Director of Children, Families and Social Inclusion Department of Health
Steph Brivio, Assistant Director of Child Protection Children’s Social Care
Paul Rowsell, Deputy Director of Democracy Department for Communities and Local Government
Judge Meleri Tudur, Deputy Chamber President of the First-tier Tribunal, Health, Education and Social Care Chamber First-tier Tribunal (SEN and Disability)
Deborah Laycock, Public Policy Manager Healthwatch England
Mike Chew, Assistant Director of Children’s Commissioning  NHS England - Clinical Commissioning Groups
Lee Bennett, Head of Patient Experience (Complaints, Quality Assurance and Staff) NHS England
Tim Miller, Head of Policy and Communications Local Government Ombudsman
Alison Moulds, Policy and Insight Officer Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman
Christine Lenehan, Chief Executive Council for Disabled Children
Jane McConnell, Chief Executive (the national information and advice organisation on SEN disputes) Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA)
Dan Leighton, the National Autistic Society Special Education Consortium (SEC)
Liz Hobson, Senior Adviser Local Government Association (LGA)
Mary Cava, SEN Implementation Manager Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)
Sherann Hillman, NNPCF Co-Chair and NNPCF Regional Representative North West National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF)

Meeting dates

The group is due to meet up to 3 times a year.


Summaries of the SEND advisory group meetings:

27 July 2016

11 November 2015

2 June 2015

27 November 2014

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