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The SEND Tribunal: Preparing for a hearing

The SEND Tribunal specialises in hearing SEN appeals and disability discrimination claims concerning children in schools. What does it have the power to do? How can headteachers prepare for an appeal or claim? Nabil Dance answers these key questions

From my observations, headteachers encounter an incredibly broad range of organisations, professionals, and individuals. I sympathise with them because this communication and participation can add to an already tough workload simply because of the multiple topics and systems involved.

This is the first of two articles introducing one particular system with its own laws that can have a profound impact on a child's future: the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Tribunal. I will refer to it as the Tribunal throughout these articles. This article focuses on preparing for a hearing and the second article – now published here – focuses on attending the hearing itself

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