The Special Educational Needs Tribunal for Wales (SENTW), its members and decisions is an independent tribunal established in 2003 under Section 333 (1ZA) of the Education Act 1996. The tribunal is funded by the Welsh Government but the tribunal, the members and decisions of the SENTW, are independent of Government. Statistical information and an annual account of activities is provided in the Annual Report for the SENTW.
We deal with disputes to do with:
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic – the Tribunal has very limited, or no access, to items delivered by post. Please can you ensure that any documents (including applications forms and written submissions) that are required by the Tribunal are sent by e-mail to: Tribunal.Enquiries@gov.wales
A parent can make an appeal to SENTW against certain decisions made by a Welsh Local Authority (LAs) about their child’s special educational needs.
Children and teenagers, you can also make an appeal yourself by telling us that you disagree with a decision about your education. You must tell us in writing so you may need help from an adult.
Your Local Authority must tell you (parent and the child or teenager) about its decision and when you have the right to make an appeal.
A parent can make a claim to SENTW about disability related discrimination in schools in Wales.
Children and teenagers, you can also make a claim yourself by telling us why you think you have been treated unfairly in school because of a disability. You must tell us in writing so you may need help from an adult.
Children and teenagers
If you want to find out more our information booklets tell you all about appeals and claims.
Local Authorities and Responsible Bodies
Our guidance booklets provide information for Local Authorities about how to respond to an appeal and Responsible Bodies about how to respond to a claim.
Our video clip shows you what happens at Aled’s tribunal hearing.