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Under the Welsh education system a statutory assessment is the
first step to getting a
statement of special educational needs.
What is a statutory assessment?
The statutory assessment is a full investigation of a child's
educational needs carried out by the local authority where your
child lives. A statutory assessment is a legal process. It
isn't to be confused with other assessments which the school or
other professionals may arrange for your child.
Which children need a statutory assessment?
Children should have a statutory assessment if they have special
educational needs and the school may not be able to provide all the
extra help they need at School Action Plus.
For example your child may need support from one adult for most
of the school day, or a large amount of help from specialist
services, such as speech therapy.
What happens during a statutory assessment?
The local authority gathers information about your child's
needs. They must ask for information from:
The local authority can also ask other for further assessments
for example from a speech and language therapist. You can ask the
local authority to contact others for information about your child,
and send in any additional reports or information you have.
How does the process start?
The school or the parent can write to the local authority to ask
for a statutory assessment. The local authority has six weeks to
consider the request and decide if they will assess your child.
Who should make the request, the parent or the
The process is the same whether a parent or the school requests
a statutory assessment. However if you make the request yourself
you will know exactly when the process has started. It is a good
idea to tell the special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO) you
are doing this, and to ask if the school will support your
What if the local authority say no?
The local authority can refuse if they don't think your child
needs an assessment. They may decide your child's difficulties are
not severe enough or that school can provide the necessary support
on School Action or
School Action Plus. You can appeal against this refusal to an
independent tribunal. Contact our helpline on 0808 808
3555 or post us a query on Facebook for further advice.
about the statement of special educational need
In England, statutory assessments have now been replaced with Education,
Health and Care needs assessments. If you're new to the SEN
system in England then you might want to start on our page An
introduction 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