Sometimes, we (the local education authority) will decide not to carry out a statutory assessment for your child, or you might not agree with some of what is written in the statement. If this happens, you can usually sort this out by talking to someone.
If we are preparing a statement, we will send you a proposed statement first. This is the best time to discuss your concerns and we may change things before issuing the final statement (follow this link for more information: Statutory assessment: the final statement).
Remember that the statement summarises all the reports, so it cannot include every detail and every example. There must be evidence for everything in the statement.
If you are not happy with an outcome, contact the special educational needs (SEN) section first. An SEN case officer will be responsible for your child’s school. The letter telling you our decision gives their phone number. The SEN case officer will explain the reasons for the decision.
You can also discuss the decision or proposed statement with the SEN co-ordinator or head teacher at your child’s school.
If your child has special educational needs and we decide that they do not qualify for transport, you can appeal against this decision. You must write to the Pupil Awards and Student Support Appeals Panel at 42 York Street, Twickenham, TW1 3BW
The panel meets once a term, and includes councillors and parent governors. They will consider your reasons very carefully and make a decision. We must follow the decision of the appeals panel. You can also use the Disagreement Resolution Service.
Updated: 9 May 2017