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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Assessment Processes

A SEN assessment can be requested by a school, pre-school provision such as a nursery, health visitor, doctor, or outside agencies. As a parents/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 is 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 on the link below in the related pages section on the link entitled 'Special educational needs statutory assessment processes docs' to view all documents.