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Assessment of SEN (SENA)

The Special Educational Needs Assessment and Commissioning Service (SENA) carry out statutory assessment and review of children and young people who have an EHCP from age 0 – 25.

The service is responsible for writing Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) if a statutory assessment is agreed, and will commission the identified provision to meet identified needs. The service can provide advice and guidance to families as well as educational settings around statutory duties.

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Fair Processing Notice

Within Targeted and Specialist Education and Early Help Services, to be able to provide you with the required services and meet any regulatory requirements, information will be collected and shared with the appropriate services. The reasons for sharing information will include:

  • Statutory and Regulatory requirements including monitoring and reporting
  • Assessment of need and provision of service (e.g. Educational Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).
  • Service improvement and planning
  • Research including consultations
  • Compliance with the law regarding data sharing

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Requesting statutory assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan

To apply for an EHCP, schools should submit a request for statutory assessment cover sheet along with a completed SEND Support Plan. This must include:

  • Advice from a relevant service (e.g. educational psychology) which should be no more than 18 months old. See the SENA Information Requirements Grid (above) for the requirements for advice and other information needed to support requests for statutory assessment
  • Evidence that the child or young person meets the thresholds (these are currently under review)
  • Evidence of an assess-plan-do-review process
  • Information on how the school has made use of the delegated funding and how an EHCP would enable the school to meet the child or young person’s needs

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Annual Review of EHCP

A transition plan should be included with annual reviews from year 9 onwards:

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Health professional contribution to annual review  Opens new window

Social Care contribution to annual review  Opens new window

Social Care advice example  Opens new window

Annual Review of an EHCP - template  Opens new window

SEND Support Plan

A school may choose to use the below templates to help assess, plan and review a child’s needs. These plans are written by the school to help see the full picture and plan how to help a child. SEND Support plans should be written with input from the child and parent or carer. They do not have a legal status

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SEND Support Plan - schools and colleges  Opens new window

Providing for the needs of children and young people with SEND

The following guidance documents can help a school identify what they can do to meet a child’s needs and when it may be appropriate to ask for an assessment.

Guidance for: Communication & Interaction including Autism Spectrum Disorder  Opens new window

Physical, Sensory and Medical Needs  Opens new window

Speech, Language and Communication needs  Opens new window

Cognition & Learning  Opens new window

Guidance for Hearing Impairment  Opens new window

Guidance for EHC Needs assessment/EHCP/top-up funding Social, Emotional and Mental Health  Opens new window

Guidance for Visual Impairment  Opens new window

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