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Our barristers can assist representing clients at every stage of the appeals process including schools and parents from the first instance panels to judicial reviews.
Aquiring Statutory Assessment for Statement of Special Educational Needs

We can assist your clients with the process of acquiring a Statutory Assessment in order to obtain a Statement of Special Educational Needs. There is a prescribed timetable for this process which must be carefully observed. Once parents have a statements, advice can be provided about whether these are suitable regard the needs of the child.

If the Local Authority refuses to comply with its duties in regard to the assessment, or the Statement of Special Education Needs, then our experienced team can assist with advice and representation on appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST).

School Admission Appeals

The Spring Term can be a very stressful and a disappointing time for families who are waiting to hear which school their child is to be placed in for the following September. We can provide advice and representation at Admission Appeals. There are three main admission appeals:
  • Grammar school appeals
  • Infant class size appeals
  • Primary and secondary school admission appeals (sometimes called Prejudice Appeals)
We can advise on the prospect of bringing a successful complaint to the Ombudsman or a case of Judicial Review if your client's initial appeal fails or to schools and/or appeals panels that are having such a claim brought against them.

Exclusion Appeals

We can also help if a child has been excluded from school and the parent wishes to challenge the decision. Our experienced team can advise at every stage of the process with a view to obtaining the best result for your client's child.

It is very distressing for any parent to have allegations made by a school that their child has acted in such a disruptive, violent or other manner such that it is required to have them excluded on a temporary or permanent basis. However, often the school has applied the wrong test for exclusion and failed to take account of the statutory criteria. Furthermore, there may be a simple dispute on the facts. 

The experienced team at EA Law - East Anglian Chambers can assist preparing and representing your clients at every stage including the intial appeal or if required challenging the first instance decision by the independent panel.

To get in touch with a barrister at EA Law - East Anglian Chambers about your case, please call our clerking team on 01473 214481 for further advice and assistance on Education Law.