I don't think you can really stop someone coming just to observe. After all, the school doesn't have to ask permission for people like Ofsted inspectors, school governors and student teachers to go into the classroom. You can make it clear that the person concerned isn't to have any direct interaction with your child, but it doesn't sound as if they intend to anyway.
i really think that once final evidence deadline has gone that it should be okay to say to no because leading up to that they have had months to prepare their case. post final evidence they are clearly just trying to get evidence to use against you at the hearing and they will have to submit it as late evidence anyway which you can oppose to.
my friend a week before her hearing had a LA EP insist that they saw her son so she agreed because everyone told her you cant be obstructive. LA EP then on the day of the hearing rocked up with a report on the child undermining the parents evidence. the parent objected to the report and contents and the judge refused to allow it in and said if my friend had opposed and the LA sought to get an order to for the child to be seen then they would have said no to the LA EP seeing the child anyway as so close to the final hearing. I have an awful feeling my LA are going to start asking for my dd to be seen next week and im going to say no as too late and now weeks past final evidence - they should have asked before liked I did as I knew I would need a report to go in late.
i was thinking that with my dd star as she is really struggling at the moment but she was also in a mess the week before the last tribunal so kept her off for a week them as well so her attendance aint the best as it is but now with just 5 weeks to the end of term part of me just thinks sod it all............
that is true icimoi - I think the judge at my friends hearing was just mad that the LA left it so late when they hadn't seen the child for about a year so was a last minute attempt to undermine the parent rather that the LA having the childs best interests at heart
Your right Starlight and Icimoi, the judge will adjourn the hearing if the LA don't have enough evidence (they don't) and the LA have already submitted late evidence (way way past evidence deadline) and the judge has allowed this.
my indie ep has today advised me not agreeing for any further assessment - dd now in a right old state so told me just to keep her off school if needs be - to be fair my dd has always had an excellent attendance record but in the last couple of years its all just getting too much - with just 5 weeks to the end of term im sort of past caring now but will see how the next few weeks go and await and see if the LA going to do any last minute shenaigans