SKYLARKS offers free advice for special educational needs
we offer advice and advocacy in-house delivered by our advocacy manager. more complex cases are referred to fiona slomovic of ADVOCACY AND MEDIATION CONSULTANTS LIMITED (AMC)
APPOINTMENTS CANNOT BE BOOKED THROUGH OUR WEBSITE. PLEASE CONTACT OUR ADVOCACY MANAGER, MICHAELA EGGLESTON, TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT email@example.com
TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT FREE OF CHARGE THROUGH SKYLARKS WITH EITHER MICHAELA EGGLESTON OR FIONA SLOMOVIC, YOU MUST BE REGISTERED WITH SKYLARKS. IF YOU ARE NOT ALREADY REGISTERED PLEASE VISIT www.skylarks.charity/register
THE LEAD TIME FOR AN APPOINTMENT IS USUALLY 2-3 WEEKS. CURRENTLY ALL MEETINGS ARE BEING HELD BY ZOOM, SKYPE OR TELEPHONE.
For parents and carers of children with additional needs, we offer free advice on SEN and educational matters, through our SEN Advocacy Clinic. Appointments with either Michaela Eggleston of Sklarks or with Fiona Slomovic of Advocacy and Mediation Consultants usually take place most Fridays during term time at the Crossway Centre from 9.30am to 2.30pm.
Educational advocacy is free for parents when you make an appointment at one of our sessions, but if you commission Advocacy and Mediation Consultants to attend a meeting with you or to take your case to tribunal, then charges will be discussed and you can pay the consultants directly.
More information from AMC:
Who we are:
Advocacy and Mediation Consultants
Advocacy and Mediation Consultants Limited (AMC) is an independent specialist advice, advocacy and dispute resolution service for parents, schools, public and private organisations which provides informed and collaborative advocacy and mediation in the areas of education and social care. The consultancy specialises in offering services to families with children with special educational needs or disabilities with a cost effective means of supporting families throughout the UK via a named specialist advocate. We aim to provide independent and informed advice to parents and carers and negotiate and liaise with schools, LA and professionals to seek the provision, support and placement preferred by the parents.
We support parents throughout the Special Educational Needs process and manage up to 100 cases through the SEND Tribunal process each year. We also deliver training throughout the UK to schools, parent groups and Local Authorities on the Special Educational Needs process, Tribunal system and parent engagement.
Members can seek advice on all matters relating to their children’s special educational needs: e.g. transfer from statement to Education, Health and Care Plan, reviewing paperwork and reports from schools and professionals, correspondence with the LA , drafting letters, requesting statutory assessment, drafting parental advice, responding to proposed EHC Plan, annual review process, transition for secondary or Post 16 etc. We will provide sample letters and fact sheets depending on the particular client’s circumstances. Please note that if attendance at a meeting or drafting of a formal letter is required, AMC will charge the parents/carers for these services. All charges will be discussed in advance.
AMC will keep electronic secure records of all paperwork and minutes of meetings with you.
What you will need to provide:
Depending on the type of advice you are seeking we will need to see records concerning your child’s educational needs. We request that you provide us with copies of all relevant reports and that these reports are paper clipped together and not stapled. Paperwork can be emailed but AMC reserve the right to charge a nominal cost for printing or copying. We will email you a list of the relevant document that we will need to see depending on the issues to be considered
Families need to be registered with Skylarks before accessing our advocacy and mediation service. Please register with us before booking your appointment.
IF YOU CANNOT GET AN APPOINTMENT WITH MICHAELA EGGLESTON OR FIONA SLOMOVIC QUICKLY, PLEASE CONTACT US AND WE WILL SUGGEST OTHER ORGANISATIONS WHICH MAY BE ABLE TO HELP YOU, SUCH AS SENDIASS, IPSEA AND SOS!SEN
PLEASE ALSO CHECK IF YOU MIGHT BE ELIGIBLE FOR LEGAL AID HERE:
YOU MAY ALSO FIND THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS USEFUL:
Timeline for applying for an EHCP:
What an EHCP should contain:
Transfer to secondary school:
Special needs jungle is worth following on social media:
Have you read the Code of Practice?