Sometimes you, the school or the Local Authority may feel that your child’s special educational needs are not being met, and that more detailed written assessments are needed. It may then be suggested to you that an Assessment under the Education Act 1996 should be carried out. This is sometimes wrongly referred to as ‘statementing’. This Assessment involves getting written information from all the people who know your child well, including you. It does not always result in a Statement of Special Educational Needs being made on your child. This is why it can be misleading to call this Assessment ‘statementing’.
Assessment under the Education Act 1996
These pages will tell you:
- when it is necessary to make an Assessment
- what must be done if an Assessment under the Education Act 1996 is made
- how Nottinghamshire Local Authority makes an Assessment.
An Assessment under Section 323 of the Education Act 1996
This is a particular use of the word 'assessment' (see also 'Identification and assessment in Nottinghamshire')
On these pages we have used a capital 'A' in 'Assessment' when talking about an Assessment under the Education Act 1996
Sometimes you will hear people calling it a 'Formal Assessment' or a 'Statutory Assessment'.
What is an Assessment under Section 323 of the Education Act 1996?
It is the way in which the Local Authority decides:
- whether or not your child has special educational needs which may require a Statement
- if so, what these special educational needs are
- how these special educational needs can be met
- whether or not the Local Authority will write a Statement of Special Educational Needs, setting out your child's special educational needs and the arrangements for meeting these needs.