• Sean Kennedy

  • Talem Law

  • Barrister

  • SEN and Disability (Education and Employment)

  • Rewards 131

Sean is a barrister at Talem Law, a firm that focuses on the practice areas of special educational and employment law. The firm has specialities in disability issues in the classroom and during employment.

He gained first-hand experience of SEN gained from supporting his children who are disabled. Some years ago, and being exasperated by the lack of provision available at the time, was one of a small team of people who set up a successful ASD specific independent school in order to give his children the education they needed.

In addition to my work in the field of SEN, he has extensive experience of a large number of employment tribunal matters, particularly with disability discrimination claims, unfair dismissal and TUPE. He has also represented detained patients in the Mental Health Tribunal and professionals in regulatory proceedings.

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  • Is it easy to get an assessment for autism?

    Rachel Amos
    Support SEND Kids

    19 Oct 2021

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  • Can parents ask for a copy of a school's SEND policy?

    Rachel Amos
    Support SEND Kids

    19 Oct 2021

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  • Can someone diagnosed with ADHD as a child join the army as an adult?

    Rachel Amos
    Support SEND Kids

    19 Oct 2021

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  • My child’s school is refusing to meet his needs .As part of a now 8 months overdue assessment to update his appalling EHCP an OT assessment took place in March including school observation . The report said he was not currently able to access education , and needed 1to 1 support, different seating in class , and sensory support provision . School have had this information for 3 months , and don’t propose to do anything not even change his seating till September and after the permission of the school governors is given . LA plan writer went long term sick 2 months ago and nobody is answering e mails. This feels illegal as they are not meeting his needs , and LA are so overdue . What action can I take please .

    Jan Brown

    20 Jun 2022

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  • Does anyone have any views what the starting point in weeks is for SEP i.e. speech and language or occupational therapy for a tribunal where independent witness reports support provision much longer than 38 weeks (in relation to Code of Practice 9.55) to meet communication and interaction needs but the tribunal uses a starting point of 38 weeks because it is a school year? note: the child has been home schooled for a year

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  • Can Section A only be amended at annual review? I have just successfully appealed Sections B, F and I of my child’s EHCP at Tribunal. The Tribunal has ordered the LA to amend Sections B and F. The LA is in the process of doing so. My question is whether the LA is precluded in law from making the amendments I have requested to Section A at the same time?

    The LA has said it can only do what the Tribunal has ordered it do it and that I will have to wait a year for an annual review to ask for amendments to Section A. My understanding is that as Section A can’t be appealed and does not come within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, there is nothing in law to preclude the LA from making amendments to Section A now - when they are working on the EHCP to amend Sections B and F. Is this right?

    I know I may be wasting my time arguing a point of principle here, but it feels an important one as the Draft EHCP was very poorly drafted and didn’t even include the full views my daughter had written out herself nor the full information she had given to the LA’s Ed Psych as part of a sentence completion activity. I therefore felt that in not including them in Section A her voice had been ignored, which was contrary to the whole principle of the Code of Practice. I have been asking for these amendments since the poorly written Draft was issued.

    The LA ignored my requests to make the amendments during the exchange of working documents and has now come back with a ‘No’ and an email saying, ‘This can be amended following a future annual review. Legally [we] must stick to the working document and what the Tribunal have ordered us to amend.’ This feels unnecessarily unreasonable but is there anything in law to support their point?

    Any advice gratefully received. Thank you.

    Cherry D

    14 Aug 2022

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  • The LA has issued the final amended EHC plan following an appeal. Should the LAs decision letter include details of mediation and tribunal as per Reg 14(2) under this scenario?

    Ken Upton
    Talking SENse!

    23 Aug 2022

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  • Can anyone explain how parents start the EHCP process for children below school age? There are many parents with children, who have conditions identified at birth or in their early years, that would find mainstream education challenging or impossible.

    SEND Kids
    Support SEND Kids

    26 Aug 2022

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  • Should parents get ALL reports before an annual review meeting? (We have been told about parents attending annual reviews and only seeing reports for the first time, during the meeting.)

    SEND Kids
    Support SEND Kids

    01 Sep 2022

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