Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (known as IPSEA) is a registered charity (number 327691) operating in England. IPSEA offers free and independent legally based information, advice and support to help get the right education for children and young people with all kinds of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). We also provide on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisation
IPSEA has a suite of free downloadableavailable to parents and carers. These guides are complemented by a free which provides legally based information and next step advice on any educational issue that is a result of a child's SEND. IPSEA’s gives next step advice on appeals and disability discrimination claims to the SEND Tribunal and is also the gateway to our where a referral can be made for more extensive casework support from a volunteer, including representation at the hearing. Our advice services are delivered by a national network of around 200 highly-trained volunteers, supervised and supported by IPSEA’s Legal Team members.
IPSEA provides legal training for parents, school staff, parent carer forums, support groups and other organisations in order to increase their knowledge and understanding of the SEN legal framework. The proceeds raised from our training courses helps fund IPSEA’s(Advice Line, Tribunal Helpline and Tribunal Support Service).