SEN and disability law

When we talk about SEN and disability law, we are referring to the law in England which protects the rights of children and young people with SEN and disabilities to access the best possible educational and other outcomes. This is not just about children and young people with statements or EHC Plans - it is about all children and young people with SEN and disabilities.

SEN and disability law is contained in various places. Often the best place to start is with the SEND Code of Practice. This contains law as well as guidance on how and when a child or young person will need additional support.

If you want to look at the law in more depth, you can read our SEN and disability law FAQs and/or follow the links below:

For the new law implemented on 1st September 2014:

For the law which still applies to children with statements of SEN:

For the law relating to Disability Discrimination:

For the law relating to Exclusion from schools:

SEN and disability law has also developed through case law. Follow this link to read some landmark cases in SEN and disability law which still remain important today.

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 (

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