Advantages Your child will benefit from this whole process even if they don't reach stage five
Disadvantages A bad system which runs off funding
I currently work in a mainstream high school in the SEN Department. I decided to write this review on the statementing process as I know that not everyone knows what this process is or what it involves.Firstly, a child who is mentally 3 years or below their chronoloigal age will automatically be put forward for statementing. The process of statementing is made up of five stages. I will try to briefly describe these stages however, it will be difficult.
Stage OneStage one begins when concern is expressed about an individual child showing signs of having a special educational need. This concern may have occured at school by word of a teacher/support staff or by the child's parent/guardian or by some other professional such as a doctor.
Once stage one begins, information must be gathered and the child's educational needs will be assessed. Information such as class records, National Curriculum attainments, standardised tests or profiles, reports on the child in the educational setting will be needed and he/she's behaviour will be observed. The child's parent's/guardian's should become involved and their views put forward about their child's progress and any factors that could be contributing to any difficulties. They may also express any action they feel the school should be taking.Action will then be taken in the means of differentiation of work or through other suitable methods. In order for this to happen, the staff involved will liase with the Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator (SENCO).
A review will take place to asses the situation and the outcome of this could lead to three different routes:1: The child would stay at stage one and the observations and reviews continued.
Stage TwoNow at stage two, the SENCO takes the main lead within the school setting. More information is gathered from a variety of professionals and this leads to an action plan being drawn up.
Stage two sees the first planning of an Individual Educational Plan (IEP) brought about from the action plan. An IEP shows an account of the child's specific need and the action that is to be taken. It also states any help given from parents, the frequency of support and any additional learning programmes they may be using. The IEP also includes relevant pastoral care, mediacl requirements and targets to be achieved.When the review comes up at this stage, the IEP's effectiveness will be looked at along with any progression/regression of the child's educational development. Parents should be kept informed of all action taken place and the decision about the next stage is now made.
Again there are three possible outcomes:1: The child may move back to stage one if the IEP has been successful.
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