SEN assessment

A statutory assessment may be carried out if your child does not seem to be making progress or needs extra help that the school is unable to provide. 

A statutory assessment will find out what your child's special educational needs (SEN) are and what help your child requires.

The process normally takes 26 weeks to complete.  

You can ask for a statutory assessment of your child and so can your child's school. 

You will be told within six weeks if an assessment is to be carried out.

During a statutory assessment

You and your child will be asked for your views as will other people who know your child such as the school, your doctor and anyone else who could help to give a clear picture of your child's needs. 

The council has ten weeks to gather all the information and decide on whether to issue a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Note in Lieu. 

When all the evidence has been received, the SEN Panel will consider the evidence carefully before making a recommendation.

If it is decided that a Statement should be written, you will receive a copy of the proposed statement within two weeks of the decision being made.

You will also receive a copy of the evidence gathered during the assessment.

If it is decided that a Statement should not be written a Note In Lieu will be sent to you which will explain why a Statement wasn't made and how your child's needs should be met in the school or with other services accessed through the school.


For further help contact the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) at your child's school or contact the education inclusion team at Newport City Council