Statement of SEN

A Statement of Special Educational Needs is a legal document that states the type of special help and support that your child will need at school. 

The Statement is written using the advice gathered through the Statutory Assessment of your child and has six parts:

  • Part 1 gives basic details such as your child's name and address and lists those who provided advice during the assessment
  • Part 2 gives a detailed summary of your child's needs from the assessment
  • Part 3 details how your child's needs will be met and their progress monitored
  • Part 4 states the school that your child will attend to receive support
  • Part 5 describes any non-educational needs your child may have, e.g. health needs
  • Part 6 describes how your child will receive the help outlined in Part 5

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 should read it carefully and get in touch with us if there is anything you do not understand.

A proposed Statement will not name a school in Part 4 as we want to know your views before deciding this.

You have 15 working days to give your comments to the council and tell us which school you would like your child to attend.

If you do not agree with any part of the proposed Statement you can ask us to amend it.

If a meeting is held you are entitled to another 15 working days to make further comments or request another meeting.

If there is still disagreement you have a final 15 days to make further comment.

Final Statement

The final Statement is normally issued within eight weeks of the proposed Statement with Part 4 completed naming the school that your child will attend.

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 Special Educational Tribunal of Wales.

Contact 

For further information contact the SENCO at your child's school or email inclusion.enquiries@newport.gov.uk and the education inclusion team will get back to you.