On 20 July 2021, the Department for Education confirmed the extended powers given to the special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of education, health and care (EHC) plans, provided those appeals also included education elements, will continue.
These extended powers are currently being tested under a national trial, which began in April 2018. The trial will end on 31 August 2021 and the powers will continue.
Updated with the announcement that the extended powers are permanent from 20 July 2021. Also added the 'evaluation of the national trial extension of special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal powers'.
Added a new mailbox address on pages 16 and 19 for responses to recommendation letters. These must be sent to the Department for Education.
Added detail on the extended trial date due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updated formatting in 'how to claim' section to make it clear that expenses guidance has changed in the toolkit.