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Bedford Special Education Needs

Bedford Special Education Needs

Our specialist Bedford education law solicitors have experience of supporting children, young people and families in Bedford and have a vast experience of working across England and Wales.

Special educational needs (SEN) affect how a person learns. It entails a wide range of disabilities including, but not limited to:

  • Ability to understand
  • Behaviour
  • Concentration levels
  • Hearing and/or visual impairment
  • Physical ability
  • Reading and writing
  • Ability to understand
  • Social skills

A child or young person’s school is usually where a SEN is identified. In these instances, the class teacher works alongside the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo). They will take on the responsibility for planning and monitoring of the additional support for the child or young person.

Each school receives a SEN Delegated Budget, this budget is not finite and as a result could limit the support available to the children and young people. On occasion, the school may not identify that your child has SEN, or the needs of the child or young person cannot be met at the school. If this is the case, then you should consider an application for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

We have had successful appeals via a tribunal which have helped many families overturn initial decisions made by the local authority. We are experts at giving SEN Legal advice to parents in Bedford.

Before an EHCP can be issued, an Education Health Care (EHC) Needs Assessment must be completed. When a child is still failing to make progress, it is the job of the school’s Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) to review the special provisions being made and decide what appropriate additional provisions can be made through the ‘Asses, Plan, Do, Review’ method.

To speak to one of our specialist Bedford education solicitors, please call our team on 0333 202 7175