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Under the Welsh education system, children or young people with
more complex needs might have a statement of special educational
This is a legal document which sets out all of your child's
special educational needs and all the additional help that will be
given to meet those needs. The local authority is responsible for
ensuring that all the educational help in the statement is
The statement should draw on all the advice in the reports
provided as part of the statutory assessment by parents,
school and other agencies. This advice forms part of the statement,
so must be attached to it and listed on the first page of the
statement. The statement is in six parts.
Part 1 Introduction - the personal details
such as your child's name and date of birth.
Part 2 Special educational needs (SEN) - a
description of your child's educational needs: including any
diagnosis and explaining what they have difficulty with. This
should be based on all the advice in the professional reports. For
each educational need identified, there should be matching help in
Part 3 Special educational provision -this sets
out the extra help which will be given for each of your child's
difficulties. It is important that all the help is specified in
This is so everyone understands the kind of, and amount of help,
your child must get. All of the help listed in part three should
match a need identified in part two.
Part 4 Placement-this should state the type of
school, or other education provision, which can meet your child's
needs. It should also name the school your child will attend.
Part 5 Non educational needs -these could be
health needs, for example a medical condition such as asthma or
Part 6 Non educational provision- this
sets out the help that will be given to meet the needs in part 5,
for example, monitoring by the health service.
Some types of help may be 'educational' or 'non educational'.
These should be listed in both part 3 and part 6.
Some therapies may be provided by the health service but can be
'educational', such as physiotherapy, speech therapy and
Make sure that if these therapies are needed then these are
listed in part three as 'educational provision' - as if they are
not the local authority does not have to ensure they are
Having problems understanding your child's statement? Call
our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555
to talk to one of our education experts or post us a query on
Although some children in England still have statements, these
are being replaced by Education, Health
and Care plans. If you're new to the SEN system and live in
England then you might want to start on our page An
introducation to special educational needs.
We also support Northern Ireland and Scotland. Give our helpline
a call on 0808 808 3555 for information and advice on any aspect of
raising a disabled child, or call your local contact. Find out our
local office details in the In your area