We help children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) get the education they are entitled to by law

Because children and young people with SEND are legally entitled to an education that meets their individual needs

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SEND: the current situation


Over 1.6 million pupils in England have SEN


children and young people in England have an EHC plan


of appeals to the SEND Tribunal find in favour of families

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Case studies

  • Ellie and Freya's story

    Ellie contacted our helpline with concerns regarding her daughter Freya's recently issued Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan Read more


  • Fundraise for us

    With your help, we can protect, promote and uphold the legal rights of children and young people with SEND Read more

  • Partner with IPSEA

    Find out how your organisation can work with us to support the futures of children and young people with SEND Read more


  • Ways to volunteer

    Find out how you can get involved and make a real difference to children and young people's lives Read more

  • Volunteer stories

    Volunteers are essential to the work we do – find out more from some of the people who have volunteered for IPSEA Read more


  • Exclusions at an all time high – what's going on?

    The latest Department for Education’s annual exclusions statistics are out - and they make for a concerning read Read more

  • The LGSCO’s role in investigating SEND complaints

    Following concerning reports about SEND complaints to the LGSCO, we reached out to clarify - our blog explains more and provides information for families considering a complaint to the ombudsman Read more

  • When a school doesn’t want your child

    What do you do when a school doesn’t want your child? When the school you want to name in your child’s EHC plan not only says they can’t meet the child’s needs but seems dismissive of the very idea, and of your child themselves? Read more


Upcoming training

  • SEND law - a practical guide for colleges: 19th November

    This one day training is designed specifically for college staff, providing an overview of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) legal framework, as well as other related areas of the law Read more

  • SEND law and young people (post-16): 12th December

    A one-day training session designed specifically for parents, carers and supporting family members of children who are approaching or above compulsory school age Read more

  • SEND Tribunal hints and tips (2): 3rd December

    This training is suitable for parents and carers currently going through an appeal against the contents of an EHC plan or an appeal against the school named in a plan Read more