A local authority (“LA”) can agree to a parent’s request for EOTAS if the LA thinks that it would be inappropriate for the special educational provision your child requires to be made in any school.

Whether or not it will be appropriate for your child’s special educational provision to be made in a school will depend all of your child’s circumstances. These will naturally vary from child to child, but might include things like:

  • your child’s background and medical history,
  • the particular educational needs of your child,
  • the facilities that can be provided by a school,
  • the facilities that could be provided other than in a school,
  • the comparative cost of the possible alternatives
  • the child’s reactions to educational provisions, either at school or elsewhere,
  • your wishes as their parent (these should be considered but the LA can still disagree), and
  • any other particular circumstances that apply to your child.