Lichfield event offers advice for parents of children with special needs

Maple Hayes School

Maple Hayes School

Parents of special needs children are being offered advice on getting the right support for their child at a special event in Lichfield.

John Friel, one of the UK’s top education barristers will be joined by specialist lawyers and psychologists for the one day From School Action to the Tribunal workshop at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield on October 3. 

The process of officially recognising children as having a special need includes School Action, School Action Plus, Statements of Special Education Need and to obtain these parents sometimes have to go to tribunal to argue their child’s case.

Dr Neville Brown of Maple Hayes Dyslexia School in Lichfield, author of Meaning, Morphemes & Literacy who is coordinating the event, said:

“The process parents have to go through to get the needs of their special needs child catered for is long and complicated and is strewn with pitfalls for the unwary. For our own speciality, dyslexia, most cases have to go to tribunal with the child’s parents or carers having to face the Local Authority and argue the case for their child to receive the right provision for their needs. 

“The team of experts we have gathered together for this workshop session represents some of the best knowledge in the UK. It’s designed to help parents, professionals and charity professionals to understand the process that faces a special needs child.”

Anyone wishing to take part in the workshop should contact Maple Hayes Dyslexia School on 01543 264387. The event costs £25 and is sponsored by SOS!SEN and FEUD, the Foundation for the Education of the Underachieving and Dyslexia.

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