Making Sense of Special Educational Needs

Our Cases – What we work with

Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP)

Education Advocacy provides expert legal advice and support offering parents an affordable alternative to solicitors, charging approximately one third to a half of what you would expect to pay most lawyers.

Our experienced caseworkers are dedicated to working with you to understand the specific needs of your child.

Education, Health & Care Plan encompasses:

  • Request for Statutory Assessment; Refusal to Assess; Refusal to Issue an EHCP; Appeal against needs and provision within the EHCP
  • Increasing/Adding support e.g. Learning Support Assistant/Speech & Language Therapy/Occupational Therapy/Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA)/Physiotherapy/specialist teacher
  • Placements e.g. specialist day schools/residential placements at specialist schools

In addition, Education Advocacy can prepare your appeal documentation and represent you and your child at Independent Appeal Panel hearings in the following areas:

  • Admissions Appeals – where a child already has special educational needs
  • Disability Discrimination Claims
  • Exclusions Appeals
  • School Refusal – where children are refusing to attend school through sickness or bullying and have not been offered any alternative education
  • Bullying
  • Home Tuition
  • School Transport
  • Post 16 Support

What People Say About Education Advocacy

“The case worker Education Advocacy allocated me is honest, professional, hard working and reliable. I have found them to be an extremely kind, caring and understanding and they have the ability to make me smile and laugh even when it has felt like the whole system is against me. I would recommend ‘Education Advocacy’ to any person who needs help, advice, support or guidance with regards to their own child’s special needs. The most important thing is that they always place the needs of my child first.”

Single Mum

9 year old daughter, Somerset

“My caseworker at Education Advocacy is always at the end of the phone with a calm and reassuring voice. They have a very good understanding of the whole special needs system and also an excellent knowledge of the law in relation to the provision of suitable education for children with special needs.”


11 year old son, Wiltshire

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your fantastic support and professional advice over the last 18 months. We are obviously delighted with the outcome but are in no doubt that we would never have got here without your help.  As a team, you have been extremely efficient, reliable and knowledgeable. We are delighted that you were recommended to us in the first place.”


12 year old son with ASD and PDA, (B/F/I Appeal)

“We engaged Education Advocacy to obtain an EHCP for our son and to secure him a fully funded place in a specialist independent school, which was perfect to meet his needs.  We feared he would sink in our local mainstream comprehensive.

A year ago, we faced a lack of support from his primary school and a resistant local authority and it all seemed impossible. Deirdre and her colleagues were calm, confident and knowledgeable throughout the process, always talking sense and pushing back. They built a compelling case in a few short months, first obtaining the Plan and then the school and funding.

We are absolutely delighted with the outcome which is life changing for our son.  I could not recommend them more highly.”


12 year old boy with a specific development disorder, (Refusal to Assess & B/F/I Appeal)

“My son had been discriminated against and I was looking towards an appeal under the Disability Discrimination Act with SENDIST. With Education Advocacy’s unwavering help I took my local school to tribunal on 3 counts of discrimination.

Over many months Education Advocacy Case worker supported me, calmed me when I was anxious and reassured me when I worried. At the tribunal my caseworker proved to have an outstanding knowledge of the complexities of my case. We were able to prove that on one of the counts the school were discriminatory and this would not have happened without the superb help, which Education Advocacy gave me.”

Single Mother

11 year old son with autism, (Discrimination Tribunal)

“I am currently waiting to go to appeal to get a residential placement for my son.

With the advice and support that Education Advocacy provide I am much more confident with writing letters to the Local Authority and to the other professionals involved with my son. This is almost exclusively due to the support, help and backup I have received from Education Advocacy. I send my caseworker copies of every letter I write before I send it, as I know he will point out any errors, and I trust in his abilities implicitly.

Education Advocacy was able to suggest independent reports would be extremely helpful and was able to recommend experts for us to go and see.”


9 year old daughter with dyslexia, (Residential Placement)

“I know it’s not exactly usual, but I wanted to give you an update on X and the difference your work has made to us all.

We have just walked away from X’s first parents evening, full of joy, after having been told how well X is settling in to life at his new school, is making progress in reading and even taking part in a small play.  All unheard of before – thank you!”


11 year old boy with a ASD, (B/F/I Appeal & School Placement)