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The Essex criteria for undertaking a statutory assessment can be found here:  Essex criteria for statutory assessment

In broad terms, the above arrangements will also apply to children and young people attending pre-school or FE college provision.  If this applies to you, please contact your Statutory Assessment Service office as above for more information. 

Advice and support for parents/young people in relation to the statutory assessment process is available from:

Our school believes that all students should be able to make the best possible progress at school and we are committed to ensuring that the necessary provision is made for any pupil who has SEND. We support pupils with SEND to be included in all aspects of school life.

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ISEssex Independent Supporters provide advice and support through the statutory assessment and education and health care plan (EHC Plan) processes to young people with special educational needs and disability, and the parents of children with SEND.

Global Mediation offers independent SEN mediation service for disagreements between parents and the local authority or school. Call Global on 0800 064 4488 or email:

Covering the areas of:     Basildon, Billericay, Brentwood, Castle Point, Rochford and Wickford

To make a referral call the helpline on 03330 138913 or email

This explains how they will work with parents, local schools and colleges, as well as other services such as Health and Wellbeing Boards. This will encourage a more joined-up process when delivering services for children with Special Educational Needs. It will also make the system less stressful for families by giving parents more information about the services and expertise available locally, and increasing their choice.

We can help you if you're a parent or carer, or a child or young person who needs information, advice and support about special educational needs and disability issues. We offer impartial and confidential support over the telephone or in person around educational issues.

If an assessment goes ahead, the whole process must usually be completed within twenty weeks.  Parents/carers and all involved professionals will be closely involved in drawing up EHCPs where these are needed.

Click to access the Essex Offer for SEN.

If you think your child may have special educational needs, we recommend you take the following steps:

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Click HERE to download and read a detailed version of our SEN Information Report. This offer will be updated and amended as we proceed through the 2014 - 2015 academic year.

Local authorities are required to set out and publish a ‘Local Offer’. This can be found at Essex Local Offer

To make a referral call 03330 138913 or email

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All requests for a statutory assessment received from 1 September 2014 must be considered under the new legislation. 

The Statutory Assessment Service is responsible for considering requests for statutory assessment. You can contact the Statutory Assessment Service office covering your home address at

Most children with special educational needs will make progress with the support of their teacher and SENCO. However, some children may require extra help through an Education Health and Care Plan of Special Educational Needs.  

Children and young people attending pre-school or FE college provision

When we receive a request for a statutory assessment we will need to collect and collate a range of information about your child which might include:

Your child may have special educational needs if they need more help to learn than other children of the same age. They may also have difficulties with one or more of the following: 

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At school, most children will make progress with the support of their class teacher through the school’s arrangements known as School Support.  School governing bodies are required to publish detailed information about their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN. This must be school-specific and describe a school’s arrangements for providing a graduated response to children’s SEN. This is known as the School Offer.

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Families InFocus (Essex) is an independent, parent-led charity providing a range of support to families of children with disabilities and special needs across Essex.


In most cases, we do expect that much of this information will already be available as a result of good One Planning which might, for example, have been led by your child’s school. We hope that this will help to speed up the process so that parents do not have to wait too long for an answer. We expect to deal with requests for assessment within four to six weeks.

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In addition staff may have access to the following:

For the small number of children with complex/severe needs who do not make enough progress despite intervention from the school, it may be necessary for a statutory assessment of the child’s special educational needs to be undertaken by the Statutory Assessment Service.

Provision for special educational needs - From 1 September 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 has introduced changes to the legislation affecting how children and young people’s special educational needs are met. There are new requirements for education, health and social care services to work more closely together. Alongside this, the services which are universally available to children and families will be set out in a Local Offer.

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