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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Assessment Processes

Coming soon:  new coordinated assessment process and Education, Health and Care Plans for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.
What is this?
New laws have been passed to improve services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).
This includes a more streamlined approach to supporting those with the most complex needs. From 1st September 2014 the current statutory assessment process that asses their needs will be replaced with a new Education and Health Care Needs Assessment process. This will still focus on children and young people’s educational needs, but will also look at their health and care needs at the same time.
From 1st September 2014 current Statements and S139a Learning Difficulty Assessments will be replaced with new Education Health and Care Plans which will look at all the child or young person’s education, health and care needs and how to meet them, in one place. These will still be legally binding documents like Statements, but will cover a wider range of needs. 
There will also be more opportunities for parents/cares and children and young people to be included in decision making and the new process will be quicker, taking 20 weeks rather than the current 26 weeks.
This web page will be updated from September 2014 to include more information about the new way of working.  The current page is still relevant for information and questions about the current statutory assessment process and statements of SEN.
How can I find out more?
More information can be found on the following websites:
Current Information


A SEN assessment can be requested by a school, pre-school provision such as a nursery, health visitor, doctor, or outside agencies. As a parent/carer you can make a direct request for an assessment, unless an assessment has already been carried out within the previous 6 months.

The request goes to the SEN statutory assessment provision service who are responsible for issuing and maintaining statements. A statement of SEN is a statutory document which sets out the needs of the pupil and the provisions required to meet their needs.

Statutory assessment process
An assessment consists of collecting evidence from all relevant partners, carrying out assessment activities with the child and producing a report with recommendations for provision to meet any identified needs. The assessment process takes a total of 26 weeks.  The assessments must be completed within 18 weeks.
Annual reviews
Statements are subject to an annual review, which will include parent’s, carer’s and child's views about progress made. Statements can be reviewed at other times if significant concerns arise.
SEN Assessment process documents
Please click in the related pages section on the link entitled 'Special educational needs statutory assessment processes docs' to view current documents.