If your child has had support at Early Years Action, Early Years Action Plus, School Action or School Action Plus for several months, and you do not think they have made progress, you may want to talk to your school or nursery special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCo) about a statutory assessment.
It is an assessment of how your child is doing in a number of areas, and may lead to a ‘statement’. A statement will say what the school or nursery can do to help your child and will usually provide some extra hours of support.
We have guidance on the type of needs that might need a statement.
It is important to understand that you are asking us to assess your child. This assessment will identify any difficulties and suggest strategies and programmes of work that might help. The assessment may, and usually does, result in a statement. However, we may decide that the assessment identifies needs that can be effectively supported by the school or nursery. In this case, we will issue a ‘note-in-lieu’ of (a note instead of) a statement to help your child’s teachers support them.
The statutory assessment period is six months from the date we receive your request to the time when we issue the final statement, if we decide to do this. During this time, our Educational Psychology Service and the Richmond and Twickenham Primary Care Trust will arrange appointments to assess your child. It is very important that your child goes to these appointments. If they miss any, this will delay the process and will delay help for your child.
|1 to 6||We decide whether or not to make the assessment.|
|7 to 16||We collect advice and decide whether to issue a statement or a note-in-lieu.|
|17 to 18||We send you a proposed statement or note-in-lieu.|
|19 to 26||
We issue the final statement.
Updated: 14 December 2017