For parents

Supporting parents in their school search

I am not affiliated with a particular local authority, solicitor’s practice, school or group of schools, nor do I receive any commission for introductions or recommendations. This means I can provide truly independent advice to help you find the right educational setting for your child. For more details, including fees and timescales, please see FAQs.

How I can help

  • Recommending, and liaising with, appropriate diagnostic and legal professionals to provide input for an EHC plan.
  • Support with reading and interpreting professional reports and draft EHC plans, ensuring any SEN solicitor or other professionals involved contribute their input in a timely manner .
  • Compiling a shortlist of suitable specialist schools/colleges, taking into account a child’s needs, a young person’s strengths and interests, OFSTED and CQC ratings, and your home location.
  • Liaising with potential schools and shortlisting those able to meet the identified needs with an available place.
  • Arranging visits to selected schools for your child to be assessed; compiling a list of questions for you to ask the school; helping you with decision-making.
  • Advice on making a move from a mainstream school to specialist provision, between specialist schools, or into a post-18 placement.

My knowledge and experience

  • Specialist educational provision across England and Wales, in independent, non-maintained and maintained local authority settings, offering day, weekly, 38 and 52-week residential provision.
  • Onsite therapies and the different levels of input which may be required, including occupational therapy (OT), speech and language therapy (SALT), clinical and psychological input; art, music and drama therapies.
  • Experience of considering how best to meet complex needs, including profound and multiple learning difficulties, severe emotional and mental health issues, and the needs of looked-after children.

Range of needs addressed

  • Acquired brain injury
  • Autism, autistic spectrum conditions, Asperger Syndrome
  • Behavioural, emotional and social difficulties
  • Complex learning or communication difficulties
  • Dyslexia and dyspraxia
  • Epilepsy
  • High ability
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • PDA
  • Physical neurological impairment
  • Profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • Severe mental health needs
  • Specific learning difficulties (SpLD)
  • Speech and language challenges
  • Visual and/or hearing impairment

Thank you for all the support and reassurance that you have given me; it has really helped me to hang on in there!

Parent of Fane, 14

The school have just rung to say they are delighted to offer our daughter a place in September. We can’t quite believe it and are so grateful to you for all you have done.

Parent of Eliza, 11


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