Statutory 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 and during this time you will receive letters from us and be asked to complete a number of forms.  

Download the statutory assessment timetable (pdf)

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

The request needs to be in writing and if the school or local health authority wants to request an assessment they should always talk to you first. 

If you would like to request an assessment it would be useful to speak to your child's class teacher first.

When we receive a request for an assessment we have six weeks to make a decision, based on all the information provided.

Once a decision is reached, we will write to let you know within seven working days. 

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. 

You will be able to go with your child to any interview, medical appointment or test.

It is important that all appointments are kept so that the assessment is not delayed.

After the assessment

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 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. 

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


For further information contact the SEN coordinator at your child's school or email and the education inclusion team will get back to you.