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Special Educational Needs (SEN) Assessment Service

What is an Education Health and Care Plan?

Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will have their needs met in local mainstream settings. These educational settings should try to meet the needs of these children and young people.

Some children and young people may not make expected progress, despite these efforts to identify, assess and meet the special educational need. In these cases, schools or parents should consider requesting an EHCNA – an Education Health & Care Plan Needs Assessment

This assessment involves a process of gathering information from the relevant people or agencies, including the views, interests and aspirations of the parents and child or young person.

The needs assessment will help to determine whether we need to make additional provision through an EHCP. These plans replace statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) for children and young people with the most complex needs, from birth up to the age 25

When deciding whether to issue an EHCP the local authority will take into account whether the needs of the child or young person can reasonably be met from resources normally available to settings.

An EHCNA will not always lead to an EHC plan. However it may help to decide how the education setting can meet the child or young person’s needs without an EHCP.

It should not take more than 20 weeks from requesting an assessment to a final EHCP being issued.

If you would like more information about this process, please contact the SEN assessment team on 01922 652871.

Who to contact

01922 652871

Where to go

Education Development Centre
Pelsall Lane
West Midlands

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Referral Details

This Service can be accessed by those children undergoing Statutory Assessment or who already have a Statement or Education Health and Care plan.

Local Offer


All staff in the SEN Assessment Team engage with schools and settings to support children and young people with Education, Health and Care Plans  (as well as the old Statements of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities). The team provide effective challenge and support to schools and settings in regard to children with Education, Health and Care Plans with reference to partnership working, inclusion and multi-agency working

The team provides advice and support to schools, settings and other agency partners in relation to the SEN Code of Practice as it relates to the Statutory Assessment and Annual Review processes, including implementation of national and legislative requirements.

What we do

  • Consult with and provide support for  parents/carers/school & setting staff around the needs of children and young undergoing statutory assessment or in possession of an Education, Health & Care plan or a Statement
  • carry out the casework associated with the statutory assessment process.
  • attend and contribute to multi-agency meetings to support children with EHCPs and Statements
  • maintain good communication links with parents, other services and agencies. including Health and Social Care
  • liaise as necessary with colleagues in other agencies to resolve problems and issues that may arise, seeking effective solutions to support a quality service.
  • access multi-agency support and advice for children and young people with EHCPs and Statements
  • monitor Annual Reviews of EHCPs, attending targeted groups or specific invitation from schools/parents/carers. This includes monitoring the provision to ensure that it matches the child’s/young person’s needs
  • promote high expectations of all children and young people with EHCPs and Statements so that the child/young person is making good progress and achievement.
  • ensure equality of opportunity for all children and work with special schools and specialist provisions (such as Additional Resource Provisions that are attached to mainstream schools).
Contact Name
The SEN Assessment Team
Contact Telephone
01922 652871
Contact Email
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