Committed to championing the needs of children, particularly those with special educational needs

Watkins Solicitors is one of the leading firms in the country advising on Education Law. Although based in Bristol, our dedicated education team successfully handles cases for children throughout England and Wales.

We support parents who feel that they are being let down. Parents come to us because of our reputation for championing the needs of children. There is after all only the one opportunity of getting your child’s education right.

Parents and children both have rights in law when it comes to education, particularly those children with Special Educational Needs. We provide clear and expert advice and guidance on all aspects of education law, helping our clients to enforce what are their lawful rights.

If you are concerned that your child is not getting the support that they need, then wherever you live in the country, just call us for a free informal chat.

Don’t allow yourself to get fobbed off any more. Watkins Solicitors. Lawyers on your side.

Our summary guides will help you take the first steps in considering what legal help you may need for your child’s particular circumstances. Use the left side menu to navigate education advice.


Fact of the fortnight
If you want to know more about what a school offers those pupils with special educational needs, then look no further than the SEN Information Report, which must be published on the website of every Local Authority maintained school.  This is a report on the school’s policy for pupils with special educational needs, and must include information about the kinds of SEN that are provided for, policies for identifying children and young people, the approach to teaching children and young people with SEN and much more.  More information about what a SEN information Report should include can be found in Section 6 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0-25 Years or contact Watkins Solicitors if you have concerns about your child’s SEN.

Feedback from our SEN EHC Needs Assessment and Plans in Cornwall on 22.9.2017

“Cornwall Needs SEN Support! So a great event.  I know many parents who also have children with CFS/ME who need this advice also”

“I found this event very helpful, I learnt some very useful information”

“It was fantastic, thank you!”

“Very informative.  Lots of great advice.  In a fun informal setting”

“Very informative.  I will be passing details onto other parents, many could not make today”

“Great answers to questions which could be asked throughout the day, very respectful of all attendees, good opportunities to question and ask for clarity on points delivered”

“Was good to be able to answer individual needs”

"I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all, for the informative SEN Information Day, at the Melting Pot Cafe in Redruth on Friday 22 September.

I attended with a group of friends and we all felt that it was a brilliant day, where we learned a lot more about SEN processes. I know it was the best presented and most factual advice and information session that I have attended, so I hope you continue with these sessions." 

80% of attendees rated the Conference excellent, 20% very good!