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Course Aims:

This podcast is aimed as a guide to the complex regime governing the assessment and provision for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). It aims to explore what SEN means, how an assessment works and how to obtain a legally binding statement of SEN. It aims to set out the types of support and provision available for children with SEN and how to challenge an inadequate statement through the Tribunal.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what is meant by a special educational need;
  • Understand what is meant by special educational provision;
  • Know what support is available to children with SEN;
  • Know the pros and cons of obtaining a statement of SEN;
  • Understand the SEN assessment process;
  • Understand the form and content of a statement of SEN;
  • Understand what provision can be obtained and how it is paid for;
  • Know to what extent parents are involved in the choice of school;
  • Understand who can and on what basis challenge a statement of SEN or the assessment process;
  • Understand the relevant procedural steps and time limits for mounting a challenge.
Specialist Difficulty: 5 of 5
Legal Principles
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Education Act 1996 ss 9, 312, 316, 323, 324, 325, 496, 497;
  • SEN Code of Practice;
  • R (B) v Islington London Borough Council [2010] EWHC 2539 (Admin);
  • R (K) v Hillingdon LBC v Neary [2011] EWHC 1377;
  • L v Clarke and Somerset County Council [1998] ELR 129;
  • EH v Kent County Council [2011] EWCA Civ 709;
  • B v London Borough of Harrow & Others [1997] ELR 109.

This podcast with specialist education and SEN practitioners at Leigh Day & Co sets out the basic legal framework and concepts surrounding the provision for children with special educational needs.

Podcast added: 01//06/12

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