All the stats from 2009-2010 now available on their website - here.
I had two appeals that year so it feels strange to look at the numbers and think of my own cases in there.
Interesting that there are a few LAs which had zero appeals registered - Cheshire, Isles of Scilley, North Lincs, Newport, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Poole, St Helens. Is it that the provision there is so good that parents don't need to appeal or is it that other places have pushier parents? I suspect the latter - Surrey had the highest number of appeals registered at 147.
(have name changed as I think I've been rumbled by LA!)
Thank you for the link - just need it interpreted now
It would have been helpful if SEND had included some explanation about what the categories meant, eg part 1 struck out - does this mean the statement should be changed, or the parent's appeal struck out?
Does anyone else feel that the number of appeals registered is a bit useless without a table showing the number of 'SEN processes' requested? It would be complicated, factoring Annual reviews, Ammendments, SA requests, Unsatisfactory statement, etc., but '122 appeals' sounds huge if there were 122 requests. If there were 15500 requests, it starts to sound smaller.
Lougle I think you're right, places like Surrey have a large number of appeals but it's a massive area. Where I live has a much smaller number but I think it's possibly quite a lot given It's a small area.
Rumbledore - a LA can ask SEND to 'strike out' an appeal if it thinks the case is clearly outside the scope of the Tribunal or is 'frivolous or vexatious', e.g. the child was over 16 before getting a statement, or a request for reassessment soon after an assessment with no evidence of any changes. There is no hearing at all if SEND agrees with the LA (but sometimes they don't).
Lougle, you're right, %ages would be more useful than just figures. SEND don't become involved though until an appeal is lodged, so they won't have data on SA requests etc. I think LAs should release this information - it's probably possible to get it under FOI, but I don't think it's routinely released.