Do not sign the statement if you disagree with the services being offered to your child. If you disagree, you can appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal (SEN). However you must lodge your appeal within two months of receiving the final decision letter from your local authority. You should also write to your named officer at the local authority, telling them that you do not agree with the statement and that you wish to go to the SEN tribunal. You may also want to request a meeting to discuss your concerns about their decision.
Using the Disagreement Resolution Service helped us get the right mainstream support for our son in a much more relaxed and less formal way than going to tribunal.
At the same time, you can also contact the Disagreement Resolution Service, which is sometimes known as a mediation service – your local authority should give you their details. You can still appeal to the SEN tribunal at the same time as using the mediation service, and you will not lose your right to appeal. However, if meeting with your local authority and using the mediation service is enough to resolve the disagreement you can withdraw from the tribunal process.