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SEN and Disability Tribunal Service

Parents whose children have special educational needs can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability) against decisions made by Local Education Authorities in England about their children's education. The applications forms and guidance can be found on the Court and tribunal forms page (external link)

What we do

We’re responsible for handling appeals against local authority decisions regarding special educational needs, including a refusal to:

  • Assess a child’s educational, health and care (EHC) needs.
  • make a statement of their special educational needs.
  • Reassess their special educational needs.
  • Create an EHC plan.
  • Change what’s in a child’s special educational needs statement or EHC plan.
  • Maintain the statement or EHC plan.

What is SEND a Tribunal?

The Government are extending the powers of the First-tier Tribunal (SEND), sometimes referred to as the ‘SEND Tribunal’, to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans as part of a two-year trial. The trial will apply to decisions made or EHC plans issued/amended from 3 April 2018.  For further information on the trial please click here.

We also handle appeals against decisions to refuse people under 18 in custody:

  • An EHC assessment
  • An EHC plan after assessment
  • A placement to a suitable school or other institution after their release

We also handle appeals against discrimination by schools or local authorities due to a child’s disability.

Who to contact

0132 528 9350

Where to go

Name of venue
HMCTS - SEND Tribunal
Venue address
1st Floor Darlington Magistrates Court

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