Special educational needs
All children need support from parents, other family members and education professionals. Some children have special educational needs and require more support than others. Often these needs are recognised early on and their potential learning or developmental difficulties are identified from a young age. At this point they can then receive the support they need.
Statutory assessment/EHC needs assessment
Sometimes this additional support is not possible or the additional support received is not sufficient and when this is the case an assessment can be requested from the local authority. Under the previous legislation this was known as a statutory assessment and under the new Children and Families Act 2014 this is known as an EHC needs assessment (‘Education, Health and Care needs assessment’).
The aim of this is to determine the special educational needs of the child and to ensure that the necessary provisions are made available.
Depending on the outcome of this assessment a Statement of Special Educational Needs (a ‘Statement’) or Education, Health and Care Plan (‘EHC Plan’) may then be issued which highlights that the local authority has a legal obligation to determine the provision laid out in the Statement or EHC Plan.
The Children and Families Act 2014 fully came into force on 1st September 2014 and this legislation introduced EHC Plans which will replace Statements of Special Educational Needs. EHC Plans should be a single document which encompasses all Education, Health and Care needs of the child or young person and these plans can be in place, in theory, from birth to age 25.
By April 2018 all Statements of Special Educational Needs will be replaced by EHC Plans and this will be done on a gradual basis.
At Tayntons we are here to help your child get the right support. We have helped parents who have children with the following issues:
- Autistic spectrum disorder
- Asperger syndrome
- Speech and language difficulties
- Hearing and or visual impairment
- Emotional and behavioural difficulties
- Specific learning difficulties – numeracy, literacy
- Motor and physical difficulties, including dyspraxia, dyslexia
For further information please read our special educational law (SEN) case studies and testimonials.
To find out more about our special educational law services please contact us on 0800 158 4147 or use our online contact form.0800 158 4147 firstname.lastname@example.org