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SOS!SEN training workshop on tribunals

SOS!SEN is an independent national charity aiming to empower parents and carers of children with SEND to tackle successfully themselves the difficulties they face when battling for their children’s educational rights. They are based near Hampton Court, so we are pleased to be able to work with them at a local level.

We are pleased to welcome Eleanor Wright, CEO and Co-ordinator of SOS!SEN to our session on Friday 24th January 2020 where she will talk about tribunals.

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Parents and Local Authorities generally try to avoid having to go to tribunal but sometimes this is the only way in order to get the support and placement your child needs in order to thrive.

Eleanor will talk about:

  • How to try to avoid having to go to tribunal
  • Finalising an EHCP - naming a school, signing and getting it finalised
  • What is the SENDIST tribunal and what does it do?
  • What can you appeal against?
  • Mediation - to do or not to do?
  • Preparing for tribunal
  • Reaching a settlement
  • The hearing

So who are SOS!SEN

SOS!SEN is an independent charity founded in 2002. They concentrate on helping people to find their way through the legal and procedural SEND maze which is so daunting to so many who try to obtain satisfactory provision for a child’s special needs.

They provide the following free services:

  • a telephone Helpline 5 days per week during term time
  • monthly drop in advice centres in some areas during term time
  • information sheets on many topics

They also offer comprehensive paid one-day Workshops on such topics as:

  • Appeals Against Contents of EHCP
  • Writing Working Documents
  • Contents of EHC Plans
  • 16+ and 18+ Transfers
  • Annual Reviews
  • Enforcing SEN Provision


Booklets written by Eleanor Wright, SOS!SEN coordinator and solicitor.

Assessment of Special Educational Needs - £4.00
Education, Health and Care Plan - £4.00
Appeals to Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal - £5.00
SEN and Exclusions from School - £5.00

SOS!SEN's Chief Exec Eleanor Wright
Eleanor is a solicitor who has been specialising in Education Law for 18+ years and has particular experience in cases involving SEN and disability, including social care issues. She has been named for several years in Tier 1 of Education Law solicitors in Legal 500 and Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession, and previously worked at Maxwell Gillott (also ranked no.1 in Chambers and Legal 500) where she was a partner.
Eleanor has long experience of working in legal aid for education and has been involved in many of the leading cases on SEN and disability law. She has been a school governor for over 20 years, has a long involvement with the Dyslexia Association and has experience of sitting on and chairing school admissions and exclusion panels. 

For more information on the work of SOS!SEN, please visit their website at

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