A more affordable alternative to SEN solicitors.

We are instructed by parents of children/young people with special educational needs to challenge local authority decisions and if necessary, prepare and serve appeals before SENDIST. We do all of the casework in-house and use our own staff to advocate before the Tribunal.

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In 2021/2022…


of our appeals were conceded by LA’s before Tribunal


of our cases won overall. This is a consistent pattern over time.

We are Specialist SEN Advocates. We are not sen solicitors, barristers or legal executives.

We have in excess of 57 years’ experience of the SEN System through a variety of lenses; parent; paralegal; ASD worker; LA Senior SEN officer. Our team understands the frustration of trying to work through the various layers of the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) / Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) process. We understand how to cut through the bureaucracy and get to the nub of the issues as quickly and efficiently as possible.

We place the needs of the child firmly at the centre of our work. Our view is that you are the expert on your child, and we are the experts on Education Law. Together, we are a powerful force to ensure your child’s needs are met in full allowing your child to take a confident step towards reaching their true potential.

Education Advocacy Services

Although 80% of our cases focus on the EHCP process we deal with the full range of educational issues. Whether you seek advice on the Legal Background of a case or need help to prepare for a LA panel or Tribunal, we are here to support you. Explore our full range of Services.

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School admissions processes can be confusing and convoluted. If you think that only one local State School/ Academy can meet needs, you are likely to have 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. There are limited grounds for appealing against the decision.

We will support you by reviewing the case, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the case and if instructed run the case including drafting the appeal and appearing before the Admissions Panel.


Many parents contact us to talk about bullying at school. It is 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. While all of that is going on what is happening to the child?

We will support you by reviewing the case, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the case and if instructed write to the School pointing out their responsibilities and seek to cause effective action to be taken to support the child at school level and if necessary, by the LA, particularly if the child is out of school.

Disability Discrimination

If a child is discriminated by a school we can review the facts and advise as to whether there are grounds for an appeal under the Equality Act and if necessary run the appeal on your behalf and appear before the Tribunal.

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. If the LA do not do that or provide less than full time education their position can be challenged in a number of ways.
Parents at Risk of Prosecution

There is increasing emphasis on children attending school on a full-time basis. For some children they simply cannot manage school through anxiety, a bad experience at school or the end effects of Covid or that they have become demand avoidant.

LAs are being put under pressure by the DfE to take vigorous action against parents including prosecution. We are not solicitors and cannot act for you before the Magistrates Courts, but we have been very successful in stopping prosecution where there are clear unaddressed SEN and we can demonstrate that non-attendance is not due to bad parenting. Normally in these cases time is of the essence, and we need to be instructed as soon as possible.

We will support you by reviewing the case, identify the strengths and weaknesses of the case and if instructed write to the School and the LA pointing out their responsibilities, and where they have not met their statutory duties.. We will work with you to identify the best way forward to support you and the child and then proactively work with the school/LA to support you both to the next stage of their education. We will explain your circumstances to the school/LA and demonstrate why prosecution will not be an effective process.

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 other learning pathways. The EHCP will need to reflect 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 Social Services. There are a number of issues that need to be carefully considered and we would advise on those in an holistic way.
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.


For a child being excluded can be highly disruptive and an affirmation to the child that they are not valued. There are a number of steps that the school should take. If your child is excluded from school, then they must continue to receive an education. In our experience, many excluded children with SEN have not been correctly supported. They fall through gaps in the system, not being ‘picked up’ perhaps because they are very good at masking, and then remain at home without an education for many months or years.

We will support you by considering the individual issues within the case and advise on the remedies that can be obtained. This might include seeking an EHCP or gaining an Emergency Annual review to ensure their needs are correctly identified and putting in place additional support and expertise or changing the school or putting in additional social care support at home. In some, rare, cases that advice may also include consideration for a claim under the Equality Act.

“Highly recommended! What can I say. Outstanding! So happy we went with Education Advocacy. We were lucky to be represented by Emily. What was achieved in such a short space of time exceeded what was expected. Value for money! Many thanks.”

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Types of Special
Educational Needs

At Education Advocacy, our team can offer their expertise in the following Special Educational Needs:
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A Developmental Disorder that is characterised by difficulty in social interaction and communication by repetitive patterns of behaviour.

How we can help...

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

Read our guide on Autism and ECHPs for more info

Asperger's Syndrome

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

How we can help...
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.

Attention Disorders

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

How we can help...

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.

For more info, read our how to get an EHCP for ADHD guide.


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

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

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

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.
How we can help...

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

Down Syndrome is caused by an extra chromosome (Trisomy 21). Individuals are likely to present with some level of learning disability requiring a bespoke education package. Physical characteristics include shorter stature, almond shaped eyes and increased risk of certain health conditions relating to their diagnosis.
How we can help...
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.

How we can help...
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.
How we can help...

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

Emotional / Mental Health Difficulties

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

How we can help...

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

Sensory Impairment

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

Speech & Language Difficulties

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