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Special educational needs - assessment
The special educational needs (SEN) of most children will be met in early years settings (usually nurseries) and mainstream schools through additional help called Action and Action Plus. A very small number of children with severe and complex needs may require SEN provision to be made through a Statement of Special Educational Needs.
To find out more information about statements of special educational needs please click here..
To decide if a statement is necessary, there needs to be a statutory assessment. A number of professionals are involved in the assessment, including the child's teachers, an educational psychologist, health services and any other services involved with the child. Parents, early years settings and schools may request an assessment.
The Parent Partnership Service can offer further information, leaflets and advice. For information on how to contact them, please click here.
National changes to current arrangements for statutory assessments are being proposed and are at the consultation stage. For further information on these changes please visit http://www.education.gov.uk.
SEN assessments - frequently asked questions