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:
Preparation of the initial appeal paperwork, including recommending amendments to sections B and F, based on the advices in section K: from £300
Preparation of the Final Submissions, including liaising with the local authority and preparing the Working Document (B and F): from £300
Preparation from the initial appeal through to the submission of the Working Document (B and F): from £500
Appeals concerning Health and Social Care will be considered separately
Actual cost will depend on volume of papers and telephone calls/emails. On-going work is charged at £45 per hour
Any report is based on information provided by you and I cannot be held responsible should you fail to disclose information that could affect the report. 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.
Attendance at mediation is also charged at £45 per hour, however a discount will apply where I have either written a report identifying amendments to an EHCP, or where I have conducted an assessment. Please ask.
Representation is considered on a case-by-case basis. This will usually be where I am already assisting in the case preparation. 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."