Welcome to Education Advocacy

We are Specialist SEN Advocates advising families whose children have SEN and/or a disability in England and Wales to gain the correct support for their child. With over 57 years experience of the SEN System, our team understands the frustration of trying to work through the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCPStatement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) Process. 

Placing the needs of the child firmly at the centre of our work, we strongly believe if the needs of the child are appropriately met, all parties benefit and, most importantly, your child takes a step towards reaching their true potential.

Our view is that you are the expert on your child and we are the experts on Education Law and together, we are a powerful force to ensuring that your child’s needs are met. 

Welcome to Education Advocacy

In 2021, our success rates were…

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Of our cases were conceded before Tribunal

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Of our cases were successful

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Education Advocacy Services

At Education Advocacy, we offer a range of Educational Services concerning Legal Issues. Whether you seek advice on the Legal Background of a case or need preparation before a Legal Authority or Tribunal, we are here to support you. Explore our full range of Services below.

Admissions

If your child has SEN but does not have an EHCP when applying for a State School, this means that you will need to apply directly to the Admission Authority for a school place, which could be either the school, or the local authority on the school’s behalf.

Bullying

Many parents contact us to talk about bullying at school; it is often a stressful and difficult situation to manage. Unaddressed bullying can result in loss of confidence in the school and a sense of despair at a situation that just doesn’t improve swiftly.

Disability Discrimination

Being able to actively notice Disability Discrimination puts you in a position to be able to correct it. All schools have a responsibility to make reasonable adjustments to allow those with disabilities to carry out the same activities as those without.

Children Out of Education

If a child cannot attend school for a relevant reason then the LA must make arrangements for suitable, alternative education that must be suitable to the particular circumstances and equivalent to the education they would receive in school. 

EHCP Plans

Where a child requires additional support that goes beyond what a school, college, or nursery can typically deliver from their own budgets or staffing then they may need an Education Health and Care Plan.

For more information, take a look at our EHCP Guide.

Post 16 Provision

For young people with SEN, Post 16 options may include further education or learning. There should now be an increased focus on how to prepare for adult life, pathways to employment and/or higher education. It is also the time to consider transition to Adult Services.

School Transport

LA’s have specific duties to provide free home to school transport to those students with special educational needs who are deemed eligible for transport. The duties differ depending on age and whether those who are deemed eligible attend a qualifying school.

For more information, take a look at our SEN Transport guide.

Exclusions

If your child is excluded from school, then they must continue to receive an education. In our experience, many excluded children fall through gaps in the system, not being ‘picked up’ and then remain at home without an education for many months or years. 

Areas of Special Educational Needs

At Education Advocacy, our team can offer their expertise in the following Special Educational Needs:

A Developmental Disorder that is characterised by difficulty in social interaction and communication by repetitive patterns of behaviour.

At Education Advocacy, we advised James’ parents to request for an EHC needs assessment and prepared the request on their behalf. 

A Neurodevelopmental Disorder characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication.

At Education Advocacy, we prepared a detailed request for an EHC needs assessment which the LA accepted and so the Local Authority carried out the assessment.

A Disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

At Education Advocacy, we advised and assisted Harry’s parents to submit a request for an EHC needs assessment as part of the ‘education’ assessment.

Anxiety is an emotion characterized by feelings of tension or worried thoughts. People with anxiety disorders usually have recurring intrusive thoughts or concerns.

At Education Advocacy, we firstly advised on an appeal to the SEND Tribunal against the decision not to carry out an EHC needs assessment.

CFS is a complicated disorder characterised by extreme fatigue and can’t be fully explained by an underlying medical condition & doesn’t improve with rest.

At Education Advocacy, we advised that first and foremost, Liam was entitled to receive an education and needed an EHC needs assessment and an EHC Plan.

Down’s Syndrome is a condition in which a person has an extra chromosome, causing mental retardation, a characteristic facial appearance & multiple malformations.

At Education Advocacy, we advised parents on an urgent appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.

At Education Advocacy we prepared and submitted the request for an EHC needs assessment.

Dyspraxia is a developmental disorder of the brain in childhood causing difficulty in activities requiring coordination and movement.

At Education Advocacy, we firstly advised that the parents requested an EHC needs assessment.

Any emotional, behavioural or mental health difficulties can affect a person’s ability to be happy, control their emotions and pay attention in school. 

At Education Advocacy, we advised parents on an additional written contribution to the annual review to set out why the EHC Plan needed to be amended.

PMLD and MSI are severe learning disabilities that significantly affect their ability to communicate and be independent.

We advised parents about the schools failure to deliver certain provision for over a year and progressed it to the Ombudsman. 

Sensory impairment is when one of your senses; sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste and spatial awareness, is no longer normal. 

At Education Advocacy, we advised parents they would need to amend the EHC Plan and would have a right of appeal to the Special Education.

When a child is noticeably behind their peers in acquiring speech and or language skills, communication is considered delayed.

At Education Advocacy we completed all the necessary work to prepare the appeal, to compile the evidence and to counter the Local Authority’s case.