This publication is produced by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. It explains when parents can appeal and what will happen to them when they appeal, setting out the appeal process.

The publication provides guidance by plotting the main stages of an appeal, with the times for each stage of the process. It also answers a wide range of questions about the appeal, hearing and decision.

A list of relevant publications and contacts will help readers find further assistance. The guide also contains the appeal form which parents will need to fill in if you want to appeal, and a checklist.

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  • Making an appeal
  • Starting an appeal
  • The process up to the tribunal hearing
  • The Hearing
  • After the hearing
  • SEN appeal form