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Statement of SEN or IDP - This is important information
Over the next 3 years, the laws about the education provided to children and young people with learning difficulties or disabilities will change. Each year, a group of school years will move from the Special Educational Needs (SEN) system to the new Additional Learning Needs (ALN) system, until all pupils are on the new system.
However, each system has its own tribunal rules.
The easiest way to know whether someone has moved to the new ALN system is to check what learning needs plans they have
- If they have a statement of SEN, they are on the Special Educational Needs system.
- If they have an individual development plan (IDP), or have been assessed for additional learning needs after 1 September 2021, they are on the new Additional Learning Needs System.
If you’re appealing a decision about a child or young person with a statement of SEN, the correct guidance is on the SENTW website.
If you’re appealing a decision about an IDP, an additional learning needs assessment, or making a claim of disability discrimination, the correct guidance is on this website.
The Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales (SENTW) has changed its name to the Education Tribunal for Wales (ETW), but it will still handle all cases.
We deal with disputes to do with:
Statements of SEN
If you are appealing a decision made about a statement of special educational needs (SEN), please use the guidance on the SENTW website. This is the correct guidance for children and young people with statements of SEN.
If you are appealing a decision made about an individual development plan (IDP) or an assessment about additional learning needs, please use the guidance on this website. For these students, a lot of rules have changed, so we have updated the guidance on this website.
Claims of disability discrimination
The rules about claims of disability discrimination have changed. Please use the guidance on this website.
The laws about the help given to children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities is changing. Every year, different year groups will move from the old Special Educational Needs system to the new Additional Learning Needs system. The old system has statements of SEN, and the new system has IDPs.
By 2023, all children and young people with additional learning needs will have IDPs, so we will eventually close our old website.
The Education Tribunal for Wales (ETW) hears and makes decisions on appeals about the additional learning needs, or special educational needs, of children and young people, and claims of disability discrimination in schools.
ETW is an independent tribunal. It is funded by the government, but its members and decisions are wholly independent of government, and all other bodies. Its decisions are binding, and local authorities and responsible bodies must follow its orders.
Statistical information and an annual account of activities are provided in the annual report.