The extended powers were tested under a National Trial that started on 3 April 2018 and ran until 31 August 2021. An evaluation was undertaken alongside the trial and the findings were used to inform a decision on whether the Tribunal’s extended powers should be continued after the trial. The evaluation has been published in full and can be found on the GOV.UK website.
On 20 July 2021 the Department for Education confirmed it will be continuing the extended powers given to the SEND Tribunal since April 2018 to hear appeals and make non-binding recommendations about health and social care aspects of EHC plans, provided those appeals also include education elements. As current arrangements that have been in place since April 2018 are continuing, with no new requirements introduced, LAs, health commissioning bodies and parents and young people should continue to follow the same procedures.
From 1 September 2021, the Tribunal appeals which include health or social care aspects, will be known as ‘extended appeals’.
If you disagree with a decision that has been made about your / your child’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs, assessment or issue of an EHC plan, you will find local guidance on what to do next here.
Please see the new guidance relating to the up-dated Extended Appeals procedures and good practice, this replaces the ‘National Trial’.