Education Lawyers Bedford
Education Lawyers Covering Bedfordshire
Our specialist education lawyers have secured special educational needs support for several children, young people and families in Bedfordshire and have experience of working across England and Wales.
Special educational needs (SEN) affect how a person learns. Special educational needs entail a wide range of disabilities including:
- Physical ability
- Concentration levels
- Hearing and/or visual impairment
- Reading and writing
- Ability to understand
- Social skills.
If you are unsure as to whether your child has special educational needs and is receiving the appropriate support, then you should seek legal advice. HCB Education Law Solicitors have vast experience in the provision of special educational needs advice in the Bedford area. We have also had successful appeals via a tribunal which have helped many families overturn initial decisions made by the local authority.
Central Bedfordshire’s SEN policies and guidance can be found here:
Support available to you in Bedfordshire for Special Educational Needs (SEN)
Central Bedfordshire’s SEN page in relation to Education, Health and Care Needs assessments and plans can be found here:
You can also click on the link below to the Bedfordshire Local Offer to find support available to children and young people with special educational needs:
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) who takes the responsibility for planning and monitoring of the additional support for the child or young person.
The ‘Assess, Plan, Do, Review’ model is used in most schools to support SEN. There are various types of support available to your child, but this will mainly depend on their circumstances, this support could include the use of special learning materials, small group and one-to-one work.
Parents and guardians should be involved in discussion about planning SEN support for their child or young person. You should be updated a minimum of three times a year on the support that is being provided, by whom, and how the progress will be monitored and evaluated.
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 at the school who require SEN. 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).
How to Apply for an EHCP in Bedfordshire
Before an EHCP can be issued, an Education Health Care (EHC) Needs Assessment must be completed. Information gathered during the assessment process is brought together and forms the EHCP.
Further information on how this assessment is made and guidance on the application process can be found here:
Bedfordshire Local Authority must comply with legal duties under the Children and Families Act 2104, and the SEND Code of Practice 2015 in addition to this it also operates its own policies. Statutory law can be complex, in our experience, local authority’s own policies can over simplify the law. This has led to the local authority making poor decisions and have applied their policies without full consideration of the needs and circumstances of the child or young person.
Once the EHC Needs Assessment has been completed, it is the responsibility of Bedfordshire local authority to decide whether an EHCP is necessary. The local authority must take into consideration the subjective needs of the child or young person, the additional help they require to meet their needs and whether the support can be provided in a mainstream school.
Appeals can be made to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST), if the local authority refuses to complete an EHC needs assessment, or if they refuse to make an EHCP. As this process can be complex it is useful to take specialist legal advice regarding a SENDIST appeal. Here at HCB Education Law we have specialist lawyers who assist with SENDIST appeals.
What SEN Legal Advice is available in Bedfordshire?
HCB Education Law Solicitors are specialist education lawyers who have helped many children, young people and their families in the Bedfordshire area as well as extensive experience of working with families throughout the country.
To speak to one of our specialist education solicitors covering the Bedfordshire area, please call our team on 0844 556 3525