Special educational needs law in Wales
Produced in partnership with Michael Charles and Christopher McFarland of Sinclair Solicitors

The following Local Government practice note produced in partnership with Michael Charles and Christopher McFarland of Sinclair Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Special educational needs law in Wales
  • From assessment to placement: an overview of SEN practice
  • Identification
  • Appeals
  • Grounds of Appeal
  • Tribunal Practice and procedure
  • Upcoming changes to the law in Wales

Special educational needs law in Wales

Coronavirus (COVID-19): This Practice Note contains guidance on subjects impacted by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (CA 2020). CA 2020, ss 37–38, Sch 16 Pt 1–Sch 16 Pt 3, Sch 17 Pt 1–Sch 17 Pt 3, among other measures, make provision to require temporary closure of educational institutions and to make temporary continuity directions relation to childcare, education and training by way of statutory instruments and/or guidance. For further information as to the current impact on this content, see: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—education tracker.

FORTHCOMING CHANGE: The Additional Learning Needs and Education Tribunal (Wales) Act 2018 received Royal Assent on 24 January 2018. This Act has been designed by the Welsh Parliament (Senedd) to reform the law on education and training for children and young people with additional learning needs; and to continue the Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales and to rename it the Education Tribunal for Wales. Enabling legislation is required to bring the majority of the reforms proposed and this content will be updated when this enabling legislation is in place. For further reading, see: Upcoming changes to the law in Wales below.

This Practice Note is designed to provide a brief overview of the law of special educational needs (SEN) in Wales. Although the note is written primarily from a Welsh perspective, it is important to note that the Education

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