Guidance for local authorities, health commissioners, parents and young people on a 2-year trial to extend powers of the SEND Tribunal.


SEND tribunal: single route of redress national trial

Ref: DFE-00071-2018PDF, 319KB, 30 pages


The trial was due to end on 31 August 2020. However, given the understandable pressures local areas are under as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19), the Government believes it is not the right time to introduce any changes to this policy. We have therefore decided to extend the trial until 31 August 2021.

This guidance sets out the extended powers and duties in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (First-tier Tribunal Recommendations Power) Regulations 2017.

It explains how the appeal process will work, what happens if recommendations are not followed, and the support available for commissioners and families.

Further guidance and support for the trial can be found in the SEND national trial toolkit.

Published 8 March 2018
Last updated 18 June 2020 + show all updates

  1. Added detail on the extended trial date due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

  2. Updated formatting in ‘how to claim’ section to make it clear that expenses guidance has changed in the toolkit.

  3. First published.