After The Meeting

If following mediation you have not been able to resolve your disagreement, you can appeal to the SEND Tribunal (within two months of the original decision or one month from the mediation certificate whichever is the later).

Where agreement was reached at mediation the local authority must comply with these legal timescales:

  • To carry out an EHC needs assessment: they must notify you within 2 weeks
  • To issue an EHC plan: they must must issue the draft plan within 5 weeks and the finalised EHC plan within 11 weeks
  • To change the name of a school in an EHC plan: they must issue the amended EHC Plan within 2 weeks
  • To amend an EHC plan: they must issue the amended EHC Plan within 5 weeks

Let them know what it is you disagree with and what you would like changed.

These discussions will help you decide whether to appeal and if you do, it could be useful when building your case. Continue talking with them even after lodging an appeal.