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If you're preparing to change school after the summer holidays it can be a stressful time, but it doesn't always need to be.

What to expect:

  1. If you've got an EHC Plan and you're moving to a new school, college or specialist provision in the summer, meetings to talk about options and make any necessary changes to your EHC plan will happen in the Autumn term. It happens quite early on to make sure the move is as seamless as it can be.
  2. Transitions into post-16 education, apprenticeships or placements should be named on your EHC Plan by 31st March.
  3. If you don't agree with the provision named on your EHC Plan, there'll be details on how to appeal this. Firstly, it's a good idea to get in touch with your Local Authority to discuss the disagreement, this way you can ask to go to mediation where an independent mediator can hear your concerns. The Local Authority will also be present at that meeting, and if you still disagree with the Local Authority's decison, you have the right to take the matter to a tribunal hearing.
  4. You may decide not to go to mediation, and this is fune, but you'll still need a mediation certificate. You can get this by calling the mediation service.
  5. If you don't have an EHC plan, applications should be made between August and October for secondary schools.
  6. Your parent or carer will receive an email or letter in early March letting them know what school place you have. If it's not what you wanted, the email or letter will give you further details about how to appeal. We do strongly advise you accept the place offered to you whilst appealing to ensure you aren't left without a school place in the event of an unsuccessful appeal.

If you're moving within an academic year, the process is slightly different, please contact us and we'll be happy to help!

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