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Special educational needs (SEN)

Leigh Day represents people with specialist learning difficulties who often face challenges when trying to find the appropriate education. The team has extensive experience in representing families who wish to appeal against their local education authority’s assessment of their child’s special educational needs or ‘statement’ (SEN). 

Our lawyers have experience in successfully challenging LEA assessments which has resulted in the alteration of the contents of a number of SEN statements for clients. Our specialist education lawyers also have experience of bringing appeals to the SENDIST (Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal). We have experience in working with families whose children have wide-ranging and complex learning disabilities, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, dyslexia, dyspraxia, hearing difficulties and visual impairment.
  • In 2010 there were 58 SENDIST Appeals
  • Over a fifth of disabled people say that they do not frequently have choice and control over their daily lives ONS Opinions Survey 2010
  • In January 2011 2.8% of pupils across all schools in England had statements of SEN 
  • In January 2011 54% of pupils with statements of SEN were placed in mainstream schools.

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