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Independent Parental Special Education Advice

Address: Hunters Court Debden Road Saffron Walden CB11 4AA
Tel: 0800 018 4016 (Adviceline) or 01799 582 030
Website: www.ipsea.org.uk

IPSEA is a registered charity offering free and independent advice to parents of children with special educational needs in England and Wales on:

  • Local Authorities' legal duties to assess and provide for children with special educational needs.
  • Exclusions of children with special needs/disabilities.
  • Actions or inaction by local authorities and/or schools which discriminate against children with disabilities.


  • To help ensure that all children with special educational needs receive the special educational provision to which they are legally entitled.
  • To help ensure that the views of parents/carers are taken fully into account when their children's needs are assessed and decisions are made about their special education provisions.
  • To help to prevent or remedy discrimination by local authorities or schools against children on the grounds of their disability.


  • Provides free, independent advice on local education authorities' (LEAs') duties to provide for children with special educational needs.
  • Has a specialist exclusion service designed to meet the needs of children excluded from school.
  • Gives free advice/representation at the Special Educational Tribunal for parents who wish to appeal against an LEA decision.
  • Provides free, second, professional opinions for parents who disagree with an LEA's assessment of their child's special educational needs.

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