Educational mediation

The experts in SEND mediation


Releasing Potential Mediation is an educational mediation and dispute resolution service based in Hampshire and West Sussex, offering independent mediation in disputes involving decisions about a child or young person’s education. We are part of Releasing Potential, an educational charity and Department-for-Education-registered Independent School for students with Special Educational Needs. We are passionate about helping families to get the support they need, and we work closely with, but independent of, Local Authorities.

SEND Appeals

We offer free SEND appeal mediation between parents and their Local Education Authority, when a decision about a child's EHCP is in dispute. Parents can appeal against a refusal to assess for an EHCP, a decision to refuse an EHCP after assessment, or the details of an EHCP document. After an initial consultation, parents who do not wish to try mediation can request a certificate that will allow them to proceed directly to tribunal without mediation. Read more.....

School Mediation

We can offer educational mediation in the case of a breakdown in relationship between school and parent(s), students and teachers, students and classmates, and sets of parents. Our mediators will provide a supportive and productive space for honest conversation and encourage parties to find a way forward. We apply a restorative approach, and our mediators are fully qualified in Restorative Justice Facilitation.

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We understand that getting the right information is vital to finding a resolution to your dispute and getting relationships back on track. Our resources page provides links and forms for SEND appeals, as well as useful information on the statutory obligations of the Local Authority and the support available to parents.

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Telephone consultation with one of our expert mediation team is free of charge, and SEND mediation is also free of charge to parents appealing EHCP decisions by Hampshire County Council. For more information about our range of services or for a free consultation about the options available for appeal please call 07764 326384.

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Releasing Potential Mediation
7 Kingscroft Court
Charity No: 1097440
Company No: 4622100

07764 326384 (Mediation Helpline)