Parents of primary school children with special educational needs are invited to a free workshop with legal advice at Lichfield’s Maple Hayes Dyslexia School.

The event, on Saturday, March 2, will enable parents who are struggling to obtain appropriate provision for their children to have free legal advice from HCB Solicitors, one of the Midlands’ leading education lawyers.

Andrew Barrowclough, Head of the Education Law Department, and his team will host the dedicated SEN workshop at the specialist school, which caters for students aged 7 to 17.

Parents whose children have learning difficulties, including dyslexia, or suspected SEN, have the opportunity to learn more about Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP), which enable them to request or take control of the special provision and extra help they think would benefit their child.

Dr Daryl Brown, headteacher at Maple Hayes Dyslexia School, said: “Applying for an EHC plan is a complex and time-consuming process, so it’s important for parents to have the support they need and clear guidance on what their rights are.”

A recent report by the Daily Telegraph highlighted that children across Warwickshire and Staffordshire now have little or no access to taxpayer-funded assessments as councils have “embraced a policy of not differentiating” between dyslexics and those who struggle to read.

“We’re very pleased that HCB Solicitors will host this valuable workshop again at our school,” continued Dr Brown. “Parents can also access a free individual consultation with one of the solicitors immediately after the seminar.”

HCB Solicitors has years of experience representing parents whose children have Special Educational Needs and have assisted in securing over 1,000 places at independent specialist schools through tribunals.

Virtually all pupils who attend the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Maple Hayes Dyslexia School have EHCP plans and are placed by 13 Midlands LEAs, including Birmingham, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Derbyshire. The Abnalls Lane school specialises in a unique approach to literacy learning for those who cannot progress adequately with conventional phonics.

The SEN workshop starts at 11.30am on Saturday, March 2. To reserve a place visit www.dyslexia.school/hcb or call 01543 264387.

PR by Reeves PR agency in Birmingham

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