Statement and Note in Lieu

A statement of special educational needs (SEN) is a legal document that states the type of special help and support that your child will need. 

A proposed statement will be issued within two weeks of a decision to issue a statement.

You will receive a copy of the proposed statement and have 15 working days to give the council your comments.

The final statement is normally issued within eight weeks of the proposed statement.

Your child's school and those involved in the statutory assessment will also receive a copy of the final statement as well as a copy of all the advice.

From the date of the final statement the council must provide your child's school with any extra resources specified in the statement.

If you have not been able to agree on the content of the final statement you have the right to appeal to the SEN Tribunal of Wales.

Note In Lieu

A note in lieu is a document written in place of a statement of special educational needs and is not a legal document.

If the council decides that your child's needs can be met with the support being provided by the school a note in lieu will be issued and will describe your child's educational needs, give reasons why a statement has not been written and suggest how the school could meet your child's needs. 

Copies of all the advice and reports received as part of the statutory assessment will be sent to you with the note in lieu.


For further information contact the SENCO at your child's school or the education inclusion team at Newport City Council.