If your local authority (LA) refuses to issue an education, health and care (EHC) plan after carrying out an EHC needs assessment, you have a right to appeal this decision to the SEND Tribunal.  

It is important to know there are deadlines for bringing an appeal to the SEND Tribunal. We explain these in detail on our page containinggeneral advice about appealing. 

We have created a refusal to issue pack, which is a detailed guide to preparing for and carrying out  a refusal to issue appeal.   

The following template letters may also assist you with getting evidence to support your appeal: 

If you can’t find the answer to your question, or you would like further advice, you are welcome to book an appointment to speak with us.