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November 9, 2023

Independent information, advice and support (SENDIASS Torbay)

SENDIASS Torbay (Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities, Information, Advice and Support Service) We provide impartial information, advice and support to parents/carers & children/young people in ...

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August 26, 2023

What is Mediation?

Mediation is a way to try to resolve issues quickly. In Torbay we use a mediatory approach and often offer what we call "informal mediation ...

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August 26, 2023

How do I apply and how does mediation work?

You first have to contact Global Mediation to request a mediation meeting. They will then contact the local authority and appoint a mediator to your ...

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August 26, 2023

A Young Person’s Experience of Mediation – Video

In this short video a young person explains their experience of mediation.

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August 31, 2023

Do I need to request a mediation meeting?

No - mediation is a voluntary process. But, if you are considering appealing to the SEND Tribunal, unless you are only appealing about the school ...

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August 31, 2023

Why do I need to consider mediation?

The SEND Code of Practice explains that mediation must be considered before you can submit an appeal to the SEND Tribunal. If you want to ...

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Support of the UK Government

August 31, 2023

What is the SEND Tribunal?

SEND Tribunal is the commonly used term for the First-tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability), which is an independent national tribunal which hears parents’ and young ...

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August 26, 2023

Considering Mediation before making a SEND Tribunal appeal

Mediation is not compulsory. But, before bringing an appeal to the SEND Tribunal, you must have contacted the mediation service and received a certificate to prove that ...

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What the SEND Tribunal does

August 31, 2023

What the SEND Tribunal does

The SEND Tribunal looks at the evidence put before it and decides whether the Local Authority (LA) decision followed the law and the SEND Code ...

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Who can appeal to the SEND Tribunal?

August 31, 2023

Who can appeal to the SEND Tribunal?

To be able to appeal, you must be: a parent. In education law ‘parent’ means you are either a birth parent, have acquired parental responsibility ...

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