Special Educational Needs (SEN)
This document contains information about how the Local Education Authority is:
- Promoting high standards of education for children with Special Education Needs (SEN).
- Encouraging children with SEN to take a full part in their schools and communities.
- Encouraging children with SEN to make decisions and choices about their education.
- Helping schools to share good practice.
- Working with voluntary bodies to provide support for children with SEN.
Pupil’s Right to Appeal
The Welsh Assembly Government and the Children’s Commissioner for Wales think that children with special educational needs should have a right of appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales (SENTW).
To see how the rights actually work they are being piloted in two areas, Wrexham and Carmarthenshire.
Since March 2012, children and young people living in Carmarthenshire and Wrexham local authority areas have had a right to:
- Appeal certain decisions made by their local authority about their special educational needs.
- Bring a claim about disability discrimination against schools in Carmarthenshire and Wrexham.
An evaluation of this pilot has been completed and from January 2015, children and young people in all areas of Wales will be able to make an appeal and claim.
The appeal and claim rights are identical to those that already exist for parents/carers. This does not affect the parental right to make an appeal and claim. It simply means that children now have the same rights as their parents/carers to make their own appeal and claim.
The law recognises that not all children will feel sufficiently able to make an appeal or claim. In this situation a Case Friend can act on behalf of a child to make an appeal or claim to SENTW.
Information from SENTW for young people, parents/carers and case friends can be found in guidance booklets that can be downloaded by following this link to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales website: