If your child’s needs are very complex and/or severe the school may ask the Local Authority to carry out a Statutory Assessment:
- This is a very detailed assessment of your child’s needs. Parents or carers, the school and a range of professionals will all be asked to provide written reports.
- At the end of the assessment phase the Local Authority will consider these reports to help decide whether or not to issue a Statement of Special Educational Need for your child.
- As a parent/carer you also have the right to ask the Local Authority to carry out this assessment although it is usually best if you can do this with the support of the school.
- Statutory Assessment is only appropriate for a small number of children. Your school SENCO will be able to advise your about this.