Special Educational Needs Statement.

Special Educational Needs (SEN) that affects a child’s ability to learn can include their:

  • Behaviour or ability to socialise; e.g. not being able to make friends.
  • Reading and writing; e.g. they have dyslexia.
  • Ability to understand things.
  • Concentration levels, e.g. they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, (ADHD).
  • Physical needs or impairments.

  (25 November 2014).


The new SEN Code of Practice, (2014) reflects the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014.

The majority of children who attend Ellar Carr have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan, (EHC Plan).

If your child received support before September 2014 and has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) this will continue, and SEN statements will be converted to an Education Health and Care Plan, (EHC Plan). The conversion process will take place over a three year period.

By summer 2015 all children who are currently School Action and School Action Plus will be called SEN Support.

By Spring 2018 any children who have a Statement of SEN will have an Education Health and Care Plan, (EHC Plan).

An annual review meeting is held once a year, the purpose of which is to review a child or young person’s statement of SEN. The review should involve the child, parents/carers, the school, the Local Authority and all other professionals involved with the child from other agencies.

The focus of the meeting is to monitor and evaluate the continued effectiveness and relevance of the provision set out in the statement or EHC Plan. Thus ensuring that the needs of the child are met by their educational provision.

Occasionally an Interim Review is needed which takes place outside the annual review cycle; these take the same format. Interim Reviews may be needed if the child’s needs change rapidly; to reassure parents and/ or professionals.