During the statementing process the local authority will decide whether your child needs a statement of special educational needs.
If they decide your child does need one, within 26 weeks you will receive a draft copy of the statement to read through and comment on.
If the local authority decides your child does not need a statement, they will write to you and your child's school within 26 weeks to explain their reasons. They may also send a Note in Lieu, a document that contains all the information they have gathered about your child and an explanation of their decision. You should also receive information about your rights of appeal to the Special Educational Needs Tribunal (SEN) and the Disagreement Resolution (Mediation) Service. You can find out more about these services later in the guide.
If you do not receive a Note in Lieu, you should ask for a written explanation from your named officer to explain why your local authority decided not to issue a statement. This should provide vital information that you may wish to use if you challenge the decision at a tribunal.