SEN will gather together the information from your application, from school and from other professionals that have worked with your child. This information will be presented to the SEN panel who will decide whether an assessment is needed.
They will consider:
- The information about your child’s special educational needs and what support has already been given.
- The child’s academic progress, or developmental progress if they are very young.
- Evidence that where they have made progress, it is only because of a great deal of support and intervention over and above that which is normally provided.
- Evidence of their physical, emotional and social development and health needs.
Further guidance is in paragraph 9.14 of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (PDF document.)
Read the Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment page of the local offer for guidance on what SEN expect that schools will be able to provide without the need for a plan.
Decision to assess
The Local Authority will write to you within 6 weeks to inform you of their decision. If they have agreed to assess the needs assessment will go ahead. If they don’t agree, they will write to you giving their reasons. You have the right to appeal this decision if you disagree.
What the law says
The local authority must secure an EHC (Education, Health and Care) needs assessment for the child or young person if, after having regard to any views expressed and evidence submitted under subsection (7), the authority is of the opinion that:
(a) the child or young person has or may have special educational needs, and
(b) it may be necessary for special educational provision to be made for the child or young person in accordance with an EHC plan
Section 36(8) Children and Families Act 2014