Glossary of SEN terms

Glossary of Special Educational Needs Terms
TermDefinition
Annual Review A meeting held at a child's school between parents, school staff and other professionals involved to discuss and update a child’s Statement of Special Educational Needs. The meeting will consider progress and should take place within 12 months of a statement being made or within 12 months of the last review.
Assessment The process of collecting information on a child's abilities, difficulties, behaviour, specific needs.
Code of Practice A guide to the Local Authority and schools about their responsibilities to children with special educational needs.
Educational Psychologist Educational Psychologists (or EPs as they are often called) are employed by the LA to provide advice and help to teachers who work with children who have additional needs in school. An Educational Psychology assessment is a standard part of the statutory assessment process.
Inclusion A word used to describe the practice of educating children with special educational needs in mainstream school whenever possible.
Independent Parental Support A parent partnership service independent of the Local Authority who offer support and help to parents on a range of issues.
Individual Education Plan Also known as an IEP. It is a programme devised for an individual child with educational difficulties. It sets out targets and reports outcomes.
Mainstream School Schools, whether nursery, infant, junior, primary or secondary, that cater for children with all abilities and aptitudes.
National Curriculum The subjects taught in schools as laid down by the Government.
Paediatrician A doctor who specialises in the health of babies and children.
School Action The stage of the SEN graduated response where support is provided by the school in addition to, or different from that usually provided.
School Action Plus The stage of the SEN graduated response where the school involve other agencies (eg. Educational Psychology) to help meet a child's special educational needs.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Also known as a SENCo. A member of the teaching staff in school who has additional expertise and responsibilities to enable the school to meet the needs of pupils.
Statutory Assessment A full and extensive assessment of a child's special educational needs which involves the gathering of information from parents, school, an educational psychologist, social services and anyone else who may be involved with the child. A statutory assessment may or may not lead to a statement.
Statement of Special Educational Needs A legal document that sets out a child's special educational needs. It also states the provision to be provided to meet those needs.
Teaching Assistant Also known as a TA but sometimes referred to as Learning Support Assistants (LSA).  They work under the direction of teachers and are appointed to provide additional help in the classroom for a child or group of children with special educational needs.
Transition Review Held in years 5 and 9. These reviews help to plan for the child's future before the time comes for them to change year group.
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
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