IPSEA is working on a short term project (June 2015 to March 2016) with the Department for Education to raise awareness of the new law concerning special educational needs and disability (by recruiting new volunteers and contacting local parent and/or support groups).

We applied for this small amount of funding from the Department of Education to help us provide more information and increase our capacity.

We do not accept any government or local authority funding towards our free and independent services. This means that we are able to provide thousands of families each year with independent information, advice and support.

The Regional Development project is running in the following 4 areas only. You can click on these to find out more:


Yorkshire and Humberside

North East

North West 

IPSEA mailing list

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IPSEA training

IPSEA provides a wide range of SEN training for Parents, School Staff, Parent Forums, Support Groups, Local Authority SEN teams, Parent Partnership Schemes, School Governors and other groups / organisations. Click here for details.

Advice Line

This provides next step advice on: problems with schools, requesting statutory assessment, statements and Education, Health and Care Plans, annual reviews, disability discrimination and exclusion. Please click here to book an appointment to get one of our advisers to call you back.

Tribunal Helpline

Our Tribunal Helpline Gives next step advice on SEN appeals and disability discrimination claims to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal. When you call we will also assess whether you need casework support. Please click here to book an appointment to get one of our advisers to call you back.

Information Service

The Information Service is for general legal enquiries and will signpost you to factsheets and resources on our website.  The Information Service cannot provide specific advice about individuals and their circumstances.

Face to Face Advice

IPSEA is now able to offer free and independent legally based SEN advice at Face to Face sessions organised in conjunction with the Pen Green Centre for children and families (pengreen.org).

For information on how to book a session please click here.