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Luton Borough Council

Special Educational Needs Statement

The Special Educational Needs Assessment Team (SENAT) is responsible for administrating statutory assessments and the production of statements of special educational needs.

SENAT is also responsible for monitoring the progress of children with existing statements of SEN and for the placement (admissions process) of children with statements.

Special Educational Needs - Statement.
A statement of Special Educational Needs is a legal document laying out the details of Special Needs which your child is considered to have.
A Statement of Special Educational Needs is set out in six parts:

Part 1 - Introduction

  • The child's name and address and date of birth
  • The child's home language and religion
  • The names and address(es) of the child's parents.

Part 2 - Special Educational Needs
Details of the child's Special Educational Needs, as identified by the LA from the advice received during Statutory Assessment, attached as appendices to the statement.  Statements specify the provision that should be out in place to meet those needs.

Part 3 - Special Educational Provision
The Special Educational Provision which the LA consider necessary to meet the child's Special Educational Needs.
a. The objectives that the Special Educational Provision should aim to meet.
b. The Special Educational Provision that the LA consider appropriate to meet the needs specified in part 2 and to meet the specified objectives.
c. The arrangements for monitoring progress in meeting those objectives, particularly for setting short-term targets for the child's progress on a regular basis.

Part 4 - Placement
The type and name of school where the Special Educational Provision specified in part 3 is to be made or the arrangements for the education to be made otherwise than in school

Part 5 - Non-Educational Needs
All relevant non-educational needs of the child as agreed between the Health Services, Social Services or other agencies and the LA

Part 6 - Non-Educational Provision
Details of relevant non-educational provision which will be made available to meet the non-educational needs of the child as agreed between the Health Services and/or the Social Services and the LA, including the agreed arrangements for its provision.

If it has been decided to issue a Statement of Special Educational Needs, then you will first be sent a 'Proposed Statement'. All sections will be completed except Part 4 (describing the type and name of the school) that is left blank.

Along with the copy of the Proposed Statement, you will receive a letter telling how you can give your views on the Proposed Statement before a Final Statement is issued. Details of LA mainstream and special schools in the area are sent to you at this point.

Details of non-maintained and independent schools approved by the Secretary of State for Education as suitable for children with Special Educational Needs are available upon request.

You have a right to express a preference for the LA maintained school you want you child to go to. This may be the school that your child is already attending.

We will agree with your preference providing:
• The school you choose is suitable for your child's age, ability and Special Educational Needs.
• Your child's attendance there will not effect the efficient education of other children already at the school.
• Placing your child in the school will be an efficient use of resources

You may also make any representations in respect of seeking a place at a non-maintained independent school outside the LA, although the Authority is not obliged to fund a place in one of these schools.

The LA normally tries to make provision for children in one of its own schools. Deciding which school you would prefer your child to attend is a very important matter and we will be pleased to talk to you and provide you with additional information to assist you with making your decision.

You have 15 days in which to make any comments and express your preference of school you want for your child. Usually the Authority will send you the Final Statement within 8 weeks of issuing the Proposed Statement. You will be informed of your right of appeal to an independent Special Needs and Disability Tribunal, if you do not agree with the Final Statement issued by the Authority.

A Statement of Special Educational Needs must be reviewed at least once a year.  This is called an Annual Review.  You will be invited to a meeting at your child's school to talk about your child's progress and the arrangements that are being made.  At the meeting the statement will be reviewed and recommendations can be made to the LA about possible changes to the statement. 

The SENAT Office is staffed Monday to Thursday 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The SENAT Office is closed for Public Holidays.


Contact info
SEN assessment team
Luton Borough Council, 1st Floor, Futures House, The Moakes, Luton, LU3 3QB
Tel: 01582 548132

[email protected]


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