Assistance with Education, Health and Care plans
and SEND Tribunals
I can assist with making the parental response to an Education, Health and Care plan when in the draft stage, review a finalised plan and advise on making an application for appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. I usually support via email to keep fees low. This means I can also support parents who live outside Norfolk.
I originally trained to be a tribunal support volunteer with IPSEA in 2009, and spent many years on their Tribunal Help Line.
Legal Aid is available for parents on a low income and is accessed through a central gateway. You can check your eligibility here
I cannot undertake Legal Aid work.
I am happy to skim-read an EHCP or have telephone appointment of up to 30 minutes free of charge
Review a draft or finalised plan £130
To produce a report advising what information should be in the various sections of an EHCP and whether your plan meets these requirements
Review a draft or Final plan and recommend amendments from £250*
To review an EHCP and the reports which were used to write it (as listed in section K) and make recommendations for amendments to sections B & F. This report can assist when the EHCP is at draft stage, or to form the basis of mediation or a tribunal appeal.
Further assistance in preparation for an appeal to the SEND Tribunal:
Cost is dependent on the type of appeal; the amount of associated paperwork to view and; the quantity of emails/phone calls made. I charge £45 per hour. Indicative hours are below:
A straightforward Refusal to Assess appeal, might take in the region of about 7hrs
- A section B, F and I (state school) may be in the region of 14 - 20hrs
Complex appeals take more time, these would include:
where an independent school or college is being sought
where a residential school or college is being sought
appeals which include Health and/or Social Care
In order to keep costs low, do consider how many emails are sent and what format documentation is sent in. If you do not have electronic versions of the EHC plan and its appendices, consider asking the LA to provide them to you in Word or PDF format.
Any work is based on information provided by you and I cannot be held responsible should you fail to disclose information that could affect this work. While I am able to make comment on many of the interventions named in the EHCP, I am only able to do so if they are within my professional remit.
Other educational advocacy
Many parents want 'next step' advice, letters drafted or have a situation explained to them in simple language. If you want advice and/or assistance, but are happy and able to do the work yourself, I charge £45 per hour. This can be by phone, email or both.
Mediation, Annual Reviews and other meetings
Attendance at such meetings is also charged at £45 per hour
Representation is considered on a case-by-case basis. This will only be where I am already assisting in the case preparation. I do not do 'representation-only'. I am unable to represent in cases where I have also assessed the child, and that assessment is being used in the appeal.
*I will require the EHCP and associated reports to be sent via email. This will be at parental risk. Paperwork must be submitted in a suitable format (ie, not photographs of pages), ideally in an editable form.
All information sent is subject the Data Protection Act 2018, click here for further information.
“Bren came to support us when we were at our weakest...although we had “the toolkit” and knew where the info was for an EHCP, we were beaten down a bit by a system that put a lot of pressure on parents.
Bren’s years of experience and guidance gave us the confidence to push for the points in the best interest of our child and what he required for his special needs, in accordance with the regulations. Without Bren, my son’s life could have been completely different...and now we have the support he needs, and he’s thriving in his new school. The extra help was definitely worth it."
Ms. T, Surrey
"Thank you Bren, for all your expertise, well written words, calming instructions and for being a phenomenal support."
Miss W, Brighton
"Bren has supported me with getting what my son was eligible for many years now. Her knowledge of special needs law and experience are second to none, when I have felt helpless about a situation Bren always seems to know how to tackle it simply and effectively. She is friendly, incredibly understanding and supportive as well as dependable. I wouldn't choose anyone else for support with my son's EHCP, or tribunal application/ hearing."