Definitions of some of the key terms you may hear while going through the statementing process:
An advocate is someone who helps another person have their concerns, views and wishes heard by others.
A professional who can help assess the educational needs of your child.
Independent parent supporter
Offer guidance and supervision to parents and carers during the statementing process.
Note in Lieu
If your local authority decides not to issue a statement at the end of an assessment, they should give you their reasons and may collect all the advice they have received in a document called a Note in Lieu, which they will send to you and your child's school.
A professional who can offer support in the school environment on postural care and changing the physical environment. They can also help with organisational skills and fine motor skills such as writing, or tasks such as dressing.
Parent partnership service
A service that provides information and advice to the parent of any child with special educational needs. This service is only available in England.
A person who provides home visits to pre-school children under five years old with special educational needs, to help them develop skills such as play, education and relationships.
Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)
A special educational needs coordinator is a teacher who works with other professionals and parents to make sure your child's special educational needs are met at school.
Special Educational Needs Tribunal
If you are unhappy with decisions made by your local authority during the statementing process you can appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal. You can appeal if you disagree with your child's final statement, or if the local authority decides not to carry out a statutory assessment.
Speech and language therapist
A professional who assesses communication problems and gives treatment to help people communicate to the best of their ability.
The document that describes the services that will be made available to support a child's special educational needs.
A formal assessment of your child's special educational needs that also details the support the local authority will provide for them.