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Special educational needs - statements
If a child does not make adequate progress despite the early years setting (usually a nursery) or school taking action to meet and overcome the child's difficulties, a statutory assessment may be requested by the setting, the school or the child's parents.
For further information on statutory assessments please click here.
Once assessment reports have been received, the local authority (LA) will consider what further provision needs to be made for the child.
If it is decided a statement is needed, this will describe the child's needs, the special educational provision that will be made for the child and the type and name of the school, when this has been decided. It will also describe help to be provided by health services, social care and other agencies.
If it is decided that the child does not need a statement, a note in lieu will be written to describe the child's needs and how they can be met at Action and Action Plus.
Parents and carers will be fully involved at all stages in the procedures to identify and arrange the help their child requires to meet his/her special educational needs.
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 statements - frequently asked questions