Special education needs
Assessment and Monitoring Service (SEN)
- Promotes the inclusion of pupils who have special educational
needs and helps to develop a shared understanding in schools and
partnerships about the meaning of inclusion.
- Administers the Department's duty as an Education Authority to
identify and make a statutory assessment of those children who have
special educational needs and who probably need a Statement of
Special Educational Needs.
- Arranges appropriate school placements and appropriate
provision for children with Statements of SEN.
- Contributes to school effectiveness by monitoring the
effectiveness of the provision made for pupils who have Statements
and those at School Action Plus of the assessment process.
The service is delivered by the following areas of
- Deciding whether a statutory assessment of a pupil's SEN should
be carried out.
- Administering the statutory assessment process.
- Preparing statement of SEN.
- Managing the Annual Review of Statements of SEN.
- Arranging placements and provision for pupils who have
Statements of SEN.
- Preparing cases for the SEN and Disability Tribunal and
representing the Department at the tribunal hearings.
- Providing advice on procedures to schools and parents.
- Developing closer links with parents and assisting them through
the assessment process.
- Maintaining accurate records and data.
- Compiling statistical information.
- Authorising payment of school fee invoices and managing inter
authority recoupment claims.
- Contributes to school improvement by monitoring the progress of
low attaining pupils and providing information to the School
Standards and Effectiveness Team, of the Schools Advisory
- Moderating schools' decisions to place pupils at School Action
Last Updated on 11/11/2013