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Special Educational Needs Team
This team provides specialist services for children with
statements of special educational needs and transport
A statement is a legal document which sets out the child's
special educational needs and the provision the authority has
determined must be made to meet those needs. The statement is
reviewed annually to make sure that it is still necessary and if
so, the provision is being made. Parents/carers have
opportunities to discuss the contents of any statement before it is
In Year 5 you will be asked to visit secondary schools and then
express a preference as to which school you want your child to
attend. They authority considers all Year 6 statements in the
autumn term and you will receive a new proposed statement naming
the new school and any changes that may be relevant. You will
have a chance to discuss these changes if you wish to do so.
The authority must finalise these statements by 15 February in the
year of transfer.
The new authority has to maintain your statement until such time
it can be reviewed. For practical reasons your child may have
to change school, but the help he/she gets should be the same.
The first thing to do is to talk to the class teacher or special
needs coordinator to explain your worries. You can have your
chance at the annual review to say how you think the statement
should be reworded.
Check out the SEN schools page for
more information on schools.