The Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST) deals with disagreements between parents and local authorities.

If you decide to go ahead with an appeal, then there are strict time limits. The appeal must be lodged within two months of the date of the decision. Extensions to this time limit are exceptionally rare.

What is SENDIST?

SENDIST is an independent Tribunal governed by various regulations. It hears and decides parents’ appeals against the decisions made by local authorities concerning a child’s special educational needs, as well as considering claims of disability discrimination in schools.

SENDIST deals with the following types of appeals:

  • Refusal to provide an EHC needs assessment
  • Refusal to issue an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • The description of a child's special educational needs and/or disability (SEND) in 'section B', of an EHCP
  • The provision detailed in the 'section F' of an EHCP
  • The school named in the 'section I' an EHCP
  • A refusal to make amendments to an EHCP following an Annual Review. This can include description of special educational needs, the special educational provision and/or the school named in the EHCP.
  • The amendments / deletions made to an EHCP following an Annual Review
  • Decision to cease to maintain an EHCP

It is not possible to appeal about the way the Local Authority has carried out an assessment, or the length of time it took.