This is a detailed investigation to find out exactly what your child’s special educational needs are and what special help your child needs. A statutory assessment is only necessary if the school or early education setting cannot provide all the help that your child needs. When you, the early education setting, or the school ask the local authority (LA) to carry out a statutory assessment, the LA will normally have six weeks to decide whether to do so.
They will consider very carefully your child’s progress at school and the guidance in the SEN Code of Practice. They will also listen to your views and the views of the school about your child’s special educational needs. The school or early education setting will tell the LA about any special help they have already given to your child. A publication entitled Special Educational Needs: A guide for parents and carers is available to download from this page.
Information about special educational needs, including a definition of the term, advice on schooling for parents and a comprehensive list of useful links.