The majority of children’s needs can be met through the resources already available in school – additional support in class, adaptations to the work provided, or interventions outside the class for specific needs. However, some children with needs in several areas or who cannot access the curriculum without a significant level of adult support, may be eligible for an EHCP, (which has replaced a Statement of SEN).

If the school believes that a child’s needs are significant, likely to continue and will require an EHCP, this will be discussed with parents. Having a diagnosis or an identified difficulty will not automatically mean that an EHCP is necessary or that an application will be successful. If a child does require an EHCP there will be other professionals involved for assessments and advice, and parents will be included during the process. The EHCP may stay with the child until they are 25 but is reviewed annually to make sure the support is still appropriate.