Appealing Annual Review of EHCPs
Appeals can and do occur after an annual review of the EHCP has been conducted.
These annual reviews can lead to a change in the contents of an EHCP, and such alterations can leave the child with fewer provisions or proposed ‘outcomes’ that you disagree with.
On the other hand, a local authority might refuse or deny making changes to your child’s pre-existing EHCP at an annual review, which you or the school have specifically requested.
In any case, it is possible to appeal these decisions via mediation with the local authority and, if required, through appeal to SENDIST.
Appealing Annual Review – How to avoid it
In most cases, annual reviews provide the chance to fine-tune the provisions contained in your child’s EHCP in order to better their opportunities and progress at school. It’s fair to say that all parties involved (i.e. you, your child, the school and the local authority) share this common goal.
However, disputes can arise when there are disagreements over what the appropriate means to this end-goal should actually be.
That is why it can be a good idea to seek out expert legal advice; a specialist SEN solicitor will be able to advise you on what changes to the EHCP would likely be accepted or rejected by the local authority, thus saving you time and effort that may potentially be wasted during a lengthy appeals process.