The Annual Review Process

The purpose of the annual review is to ensure that at least once a year the parents, pupils, the Local Authority (LA), the school and all professionals involved, monitor and evaluate the continued effectiveness and relevance of the provision set out in the statement of special educational needs.

For pupils under compulsory school age the SEN Code of Practice recommends that consideration should be given to informal six-monthly reviews of the statement. These could be classed as an interim review.

Interim Reviews or Early Reviews

Interim or early reviews may be arranged if:
  • It is the recommendation from a previous annual review;
  • Where a school identifies a pupil who is at serious risk of disaffection or exclusion;
  • When a pupil has needs that are known to change rapidly;
  • To reassure parents and professionals where there is disagreement.
(Interim reviews, and any other reviews carried out outside the annual review do not have to follow the procedure as set out in the Regulations).

The Annual Review consists of 4 parts:
  • Collection and collation of information;
  • Annual Review meeting;
  • Head Teachers report of the Annual Review meeting;
  • Local Authority (LA) reviews the statement in conjunction with the Head Teachers report of the meeting, together with reports from other professionals and decides whether any changes are required to the statement or whether the LA will cease to maintain it.
Transition Planning (Year 9 Annual Review)
If your child has a statement and is in Year 9 this review is particularly important in preparing for their move into further education/adult life. A personal advisor from the Connexions Service will also be invited to attend the review. This review will not only consider the targets and statement but will discuss a Transition Plan for your childs move into adult life. Your child will work with the Connexions advisor to write a personal action plan. The Transition Plan should also be completed after or at the meeting. The Transition Plan can be discussed and amended at a later date. You and your child will be asked to help with his/her plan.

Children in Care
If a pupil with a statement is a Child in Care of the Local Authority (LA) (subject to a care order) then parental responsibility is shared between the LA and the pupils parents. The pupil may be in a residential or foster home or may live at home. If the pupil is a Child in Care by the local authority under a care order, school should invite the pupils social worker, the residential care worker or foster parents, as appropriate, to the review meeting.

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