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What happens after an assessment is requested?

The Local Authority has a SEND Panel which meets to consider requests for stautory assessment.  The panel includes representatives from education, health and social care and meets every 4 weeks. 

When the SEN Team receives the request for statutory assessment they will send you a letter confirming this and to let you know when the date of the next SEND Panel meeting will take place.  You will then have a maximum of 4 weeks to wait before you find out if the Panel has agreed that an assessment should start or has recommended a lower level of educational support. 

It is important that the request for an assessment contains as much information as possible so that the Panel can reach the right decision about whether or not to start the assessment.  The Panel might ask for more information if it is felt that there is not enough detail to make a decision. 

After the Panel meeting, the SEN Team will contact you to let you know what has been decided.  If it is decided that your child does not need an assessment, and you disagree with the decision, you can talk to the SENDIAS Service or ask for details of our mediation services. 

If you are still unhappy, you have a right to appeal to the First - tier Tribunal (Special Educational Needs and Disability).  We will provide details of how to do this.