School and Special Needs

How a statutory assessment is made? 

In law, a child with Special Educational Needs (SEN) is the one who finds it much harder to learn than most other children of her or his age or has a disability such as a hearing, visual, speech or language impairment that hinders normal schooling.

There are three level of it: school action, school action plus, and statutory assessment. Let us know a bit about all three to begin with. In level one: school action, teachers give the child appropriate extra help as part of their normal classroom role. In level two: school action plus, the school has to call in specialist help from outside agencies to help children make better progress in normal classes at school.

However, if a child is still not making satisfactory progress, the school and parents may apply to the Local Education Authority (LEA) for a ‘statutory assessment” (level three). This is an investigation by an educational psychologist and other professionals into the child’s need for support.

To apply for a statutory assessment, you write to the LEA or submit a request through the school’s SEN coordinator.

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For more information on:

  • The Evidence
  • The Assessment
  • The Statement
  • Transition Period
  • Example
  • Poor Co-ordination and Attention Deficit Disorder