Forgotten children - Education Committee Report
Erin Smart | 25.07.2018
07.04.2017 Erin Smart
Where a child is injured, it may follow that they require some additional support at school moving forwards, especially if, for example, they have suffered brain injury.
It is important that the school has a clear understanding of the needs of the pupil and it may, therefore, be necessary for an Education Health and Care (EHC) Assessment to be carried out. This will detail the needs of the pupil and the support they will require to ensure that they continue to access the full curriculum.
It is the responsibility of the Local Authority (LA) to meet the needs of all pupils with special educational needs (SEN) and therefore the onus is on the LA to ensure that the school is provided with the appropriate funding and support. In order to fulfil this, the LA can issue an EHC Plan which details the pupil’s needs and the provision that will be provided for them in the school setting.
If the LA decides that it will not fund a certain level of provision or name the school requested by the parents, the decision can be appealed to the SEN Tribunal. Prior to appealing we can also assist parents with ensuring the content of the EHC Plan is specific enough to ensure that the pupil receives the support they need.
When a child is suddenly injured the parents are often new to the SEN system and procedure. We are therefore able to use our expertise to lead them through their options and ensure that they receive the support they require to get their child back into education and provided with appropriate therapy and 1:1 support to access the full curriculum.
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Erin Smart is a special educational needs solicitor at Moore Blatch who can be contacted on 020 3818 5430 or firstname.lastname@example.org