Centre for Research in Education Inclusion and Diversity (CREID)

Abstract ─ Mairi-Ann Cullen, University of Warwick

Young people’s right to appeal to the English First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)): appetite, barriers, challenges, dilemmas, examples (a,b,c,d,e)

In England, young people past compulsory school age (the end of the academic year in which they turned 16) were given new rights to make requests and decisions under the Children and Families Act, 2014. This presentation focuses on their rights in relation to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans, particularly the right to make an appeal to the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability). The presentation is based on primary data from a recent national study of disagreement resolution routes for SEND disputes, including the pilot of a single route of redress across education, health and care. It focuses on evidence of an appetite among young people with special educational needs to take up these rights; highlights the barriers encountered; outlines the challenges and dilemmas raised for parents and professionals; and identifies examples of facilitative practice.