SEN appeals: writing the ‘working document’ (SEND23)

How parents and local authorities should prepare their ‘working document’ before a SEND Tribunal case.


Working document guidance

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A working document is the final statement written by the local authority and the parents or young person before they go to a special educational needs (SEN) appeal hearing.

It shows:

  • changes to the wording of an SEN statement or education, health and care plan that each side wants or can agree
  • any issues that the tribunal must decide at the hearing

Find out more about the SEND Tribunal.

Published 1 January 2015