What do I need to do now?
You will need to reply to your local authority within strict timescales so make a note of when the letter was sent. Keep the envelope with the postmark.
You now have the right to
- Ask for changes to be made to the proposed statement
- Ask for a meeting with someone from the LA to discuss the statement
- Tell the LA which school you would like your child to go to – see the page on Naming a school
You must do these things within 15 days. Your LA may agree to an extension if you have particular special circumstances.
You don’t have to have a meeting with an LA officer, but it can be helpful to discuss any changes to the statement in person. If you do have a meeting, you are allowed 15 days after the meeting to make additional comments, so this can be a useful way to buy more time.
You should now carefully check the proposed statement so you can tell the LA about any changes you want made. See the section on checking the statement.
When you know the changes you want made, fill in the form you have been sent by the LA and send it back. If you are having a meeting it may be helpful to send this in advance to give the LA time to consider.
If the LA don’t agree to the changes you want, see the section on taking matters further.