Power in children's hands appeals

28th August 2009 at 01:00

As a retired special educational needs (SEN) advisory teacher, I welcome proposals to allow children to appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal independently of their parents ("SEN pupils could get power of appeal", August 21).

Under the current system, whereby only parents can initiate action, looked-after children have a raw deal. I believe that some authorities cynically fail to fund reasonable adjustments for disabled pupils because they know the likelihood of an appeal is, in many cases, minimal to non-existent.

Special Educational Consortium chairman Brian Lamb's proposal - to allow looked-after children to ask a teacher or social worker to refer their case to the tribunal - is the kind of reform we need to make the Special Educational Needs and Disability Act more effective in defending their rights.

It is a great pity that NASUWT general secretary Chris Keates isn't more supportive.

Jason Hill, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar, Buyagift.com, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today