A Statutory Assessment is the procedure which is co-ordinated by your Local Authority (LA) who then follow a national Code of Practice
which will help look at the best way to support and help your child.
The procedures cover 3 stages, these are: School Action, School Action Plus and Statutory Assessment.
A Statutory Assessment takes place when the Local Authority identifies a child with difficulties who may be in need of more help than their school can normally provide.
Statutory Assessment can take up to six months to complete.
To initiate a Statutory Assessment we need your consent
The assessment involves the Local Authority gathering information and advice from those who have worked with a helped your child in the past.
During the assessment your child will see the Education Psychologist and School Doctor. Your consent
will be required before any meeting takes place and you can be present
The Local Authority must inform Social Care Department that an assessment has been initiated.
You are asked to fill in a Parental views form
in which you can identify your child's difficulties and the sort of help you think he or she needs. Your child is also entitled to give their views.
When all the information on your child has been gathered and assessed a decision will be taken as to whether a 'Statement of Special Educational Needs'
is written or a 'Note in Lieu'.
A 'Statement of Special Education Needs'
will identify your child's area of need(s) and how those needs can be met.
A 'Note in Lieu'
explains how the LA believes your child's needs can continue to be met with the resources available to the school. The Proposed Statement
If the LA decide to issue a Statement of Special Educational Needs you will initially receive a Proposed/Draft Statement.
On receiving the Proposed Statement you have 15 days
from that date to respond to the Local Authority by completing the enclosed form for parental comments.
If you have no objections
to the Proposed Statement and everyone agrees on a school for your child to attend, a final statement will be issued.
If you have concerns or queries
regarding the content of the Proposed Statement or wish to express a preference on the school you wish your child to attend, you should contact the Special Educational Needs Unit with the 15 days
This process is called making representation
A special Educational Needs officer from the Local Authority would be made available to discuss and representations.
A list of all Primary, Secondary and Special Schools within your Authority and a list of non-maintained/independent schools are available on request.
Your Local Authority will normally arrange Special Educational Needs provision within the Borough.
It at the conclusion of the special needs process the Local Authority serves on you a Statement which you disagree, you can further discuss your concerns with the following:
Understanding Your Child's Statement of Special Educational Needs
- Parent Partnership Officer.
- If you are unable to reach any agreement with the LA you may appeal to the SEN Tribunal.
A Statement of Special Educational Needs is a legal document
It contains details of your child's special educational needs and how education services can best meet them.
A Statement of Special Educational Needs is set out in the following six parts:
- Part 1 - Introduction
Contains details regarding your child (e.g. name and date of birth, etc.)
- Part 2 - Special Educational Needs
Refers to your child's Educational Needs as identified during the Statutory Assessment. All information compiled during the assessment on your child is attached to the Statement.
- Part 3 - Special Educational Needs
Explains the objectives of the special educational provision for your child and ways in which your child's needs should be met.
Your child's school will provide a list of short-term objectives know as an Individual Education Plan which will be followed by those working with your child.
Your child's Statement of Special Education Needs must, by law, be reviewed at least each year.
- Part 4 - Placement
Provides the name of the school (or other educational provision) where your child will be educated. A school is not named on the Proposed Statement to allow you the opportunity to share your views.
- Part 5 - Non-Educational Needs
Some children's needs require help from other services (e.g. the health service). Such needs are listed in this section.
- Part 6 - Non-Educational Provision
Shows how non-educational services will provide help to meet a child's needs as listed in Part 5.