IASS Fact Sheets

Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). They also provide training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

IPSEA has a suite of free downloadable legal guides and resources available to parents and carers. These guides are complemented by a free Advice Line which provides legally based information and next step advice on any educational issue that is a result of a child’s SEND. IPSEA’s Tribunal Helpline gives next step advice on appeals and disability discrimination claims to the SEND Tribunal and is also the gateway to our Tribunal Support Service where a referral can be made for more extensive casework support from a volunteer, including representation at the hearing. Our advice services are delivered by a national network of around 200 highly-trained volunteers, supervised and supported by IPSEA’s Legal Team members.

Alternatively  you can download any of their parental advice sheets by clicking the link below:

1. Bullying – in an Academy

2. Bullying – in a Maintained School

3. Exam Access Arrangements

4. Exclusion

4A. Exclusion With EHC Plan

4B. Exclusion With Statement

5. Form and Content of EHC Plan

6. Home Education EHC Plan

7. Moving to a New LA Statement

8. Moving to New LA EHC Plan

9. Personal Budgets and Direct Payments

10. Refusal to Assess School

11. Refusal to Assess College

12. Requesting a Particular School or College in an EHC Plan

13. s.19 RA 1996 Duty to Arrange Education – Child with Ill-Health

14. SEN Support at School

15. SEN Support at School ASD PDA ODD

16. SEN Support at School Dyslexia

17. SEN Support Post 16 College

18. SEP Not Provided EHC Plan

19. SEP Not Provided Statement

22. Transfer process from Statement to EHC Plan

23. Transfer process from Statement to EHC Plan Post 16

24. Transport 16-18

25. Transport Adult Learner

26. Transport School Age

27. Requesting an EHC needs assessment post 16

28. requesting an EHC needs assessment school age

29. EHC needs assessment and secondary transfer

30. SEN and provision – independent school

31. Mediation

32. SEN Support in FE Colleges

33. Guide for young people aged 16 to 25 on how to resolve SEND disagreements

34. Timpson review of School Exclusion

35. Sexuality Resource