A friend's child with complex needs and severe autism has been allocated a wholly unsuitable secondary school by the LEA. His teachers and all ...
... assessments to date support that he needs a specialist school. The parents have appealed to tribunal and now being supported by lawyers who have told them they need to obtain statements from 3 expert witnesses (an educational psychologist, an occupational therapist and a Speech and language therapist), which comes at significant cost and also means the hearing will need to be delayed (it is already not until October). This could mean having to homeschool him, with parents taking extended leave from work.
Is this correct? What are the risks of not getting that kind of expert support?
Are there good sources of support available on an urgent basis?
Are there any options for alternative provision/support to be provided pending tribunal outcome?
I am due at Tribunal next week over 1:1. The LA have not engaged at all - no witnesses submitted and zero progress on the working document. The court ...
... has ordered the LA to submit this by midday tomorrow. Can I ask for them to be struck out?