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Under the Welsh education system, children or young people with
more complex needs might have a statement of special educational
needs. These must be revied once a year.
What is an annual review?
Your child's statement must be reviewed at least once a
year. This is a legal process.The law and SEN code of practice sets out how
this must be done. The review is a chance to look in detail at your
child's progress in the past year, and decide whether any changes
need to be made to the statement. Your views and your child's views
are an important part of this process.
What does the annual review process
The headteacher will invite you to a meeting at school. You may
be sent a form to complete before the meeting. The headteacher
should also invite other professionals who are supporting your
child and ask them to send in a report before the meeting.
Key school staff, such as your child's class teacher/form tutor,
the head and the SENCO (special educational needs co-ordinator),
are usually at the meeting. Everyone at the meeting will give their
views about your child's progress in the past year and discuss how
well the support in the statement is working.
After the meeting, the head teacher sends a report to the local
authority summarising the views and recommendations that came out
of the meeting. You should receive a copy of this report. The local
authority will look at the report and decide whether to:
The local authority must send you details of any amendments they
are proposing and invite you to give your views and/or discuss
this. The official decision from the local authority completes the
annual review process.
If you are not happy with the decision to amend, not to amend, or
to end the statement, you have the right of appeal to the First
Tier Tribunal for Special Educational Needs and Disability
Written by our experts, read more answers to
common questions from parents
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.
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