Can a LA ignore school reports on Annual Reviews

LA does not acknowledge our schools report as it states he needs residential schooling

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  • 06 Jul 2023
  • Yes


    The reports considered during the review meeting will be part of the evidence used by the Local Authority (LA) when determining the outcome of an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP) review (sometimes still called the annual review). 


    Ultimately, the final decision as to what the outcome will be rests with the LA. 


    If a parent or young person is dissatisfied with the outcome, they have the option to seek recourse by appealing to the First-tier Tribunal (FtT), which acts in place of the LA.


    When considering appeals, the first stage is to consider the possibility of engaging in mediation.

    12.12 Are there particular time limits for appeals?



    I recommend downloading the Noddy Guide, which delves into the appeal process in great detail and provides very reliable guidance. 


    It can be accessed and downloaded from the following link: 

    Can I download the Noddy 'No-nonsense' Guide as a pdf? 

    Sean Kennedy

    Sean Kennedy
    Talem Law