Increasing Mediation in Special Education Dispute Resolution

Impact: Political impacts, Societal impacts


Research undertaken at the University of Manchester (UoM) considers the use of mediation for citizen versus state disputes outside the context of the courts, and efforts to render an appeals system less adversarial. It focuses specifically upon dispute resolution concerning Special Educational Needs (SEN). SEN is an area of education decision making relevant to one in five children, in which there is an established right of appeal to a tribunal.
The research has impacted on both policy development and practice, in terms of both the guidance given to parents by the tribunal and proposed legislation providing for would-be appellants’ compulsory engagement with the choice of mediation as an alternative to appealing.
Impact date2014
Category of impactPolitical impacts, Societal impacts
Impact levelBenefit