Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA)

  • Type of SEND provision:


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 training on the SEND legal framework to parents and carers, professionals and other organisations.

You can access free resources on:

  • What special educational needs is
  • How the local authority should help
  • How your nursery, school or college should help
  • Exclusion and children out of school
  • Education, Health and Care Plans
  • Choosing a school or college
  • Transport to school or college
  • Young people (aged 16 to 25)
  • SEN and disability law
  • Making a complaint or challenging a decision

Find out more on our Get support page.

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Further information

  • Are you eligible
  • By law, children with SEND are entitled to educational support that meets their individual needs. Since IPSEA was formed, we have helped to improve educational support for thousands of children with all kinds of SEND. We do this by providing free and independent legally-based information, advice and casework support.

  • How to access
  • You can find out more about who we are and how we can help here

  • When is it available
  • Phone us on 01799 582030 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation our office staff are working from home, if you need to contact them please email: Please note, our admin office staff are unable to give advice – if you have a query relating to your child’s SEND, please book a helpline appointment