How to appeal to the Tribunal
Appealing to the SEN and Disability
Use this form to appeal to the tribunal
against a decision by the local authority about your child's
special educational needs and disabilities
Use this form to make a disability discrimination claim against
your child's school.
What is the SEN and Disability
The First-tier Tribunal Health Education
& Social Care Chamber (Special Educational Needs and
Disabilities) is part of the system of courts and tribunals which
decides appeals and claims.
The Tribunal is a panel of
independent people that hear appeals against decisions made by
Local Authorities about children with SEND, and claims against
schools for disability discrimination.
Appeals against local authority
decisions on SEND
You can appeal to the First-tier Tribunal
(Special Educational Needs and Disability) if you disagree with
your local authority’s decisions about your child’s
special educational needs - for example if they refuse to:
· assess your
child’s educational, health and care (EHC) needs
· create an
Education, Health and Care Plan
· reassess their
special educational needs
· change what’s in
your child’s special educational needs statement or EHC plan
The tribunal must receive your appeal within 2
months of you getting the letter about the decision.
disability discrimination in schools
What is a disability?
Disability is one of the 'protected
characteristics' within the provisions of Equality Act 2010. The
Act defines a disability as a 'physical or mental impairment which
has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on a person's
ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.'
What are the school's
Schools must not discriminate against a pupil
because of disability in relation to admissions, the provision of
education and exclusions. It is also unlawful for a school to
harass or victimise an applicant or pupil because of disability.
For more information on disability discrimination please access the
SEND 4 : A guide for parents on how to make a disability
If you have any questions or would like
further advice about the tribunal, please do not hesitate to
For more information on the Tribunal's procedures and links to
all their appeal forms, please click on the link below:
Forms and Guidance