Looking at how well the plan worked.

Within Early Years it is recommended that Individual Education Plans are reviewed every 6 to 8 weeks. For school aged children that have a SEN Support Plan in place it is recommended that these are reviewed every 3 to 6 months.

'Where a pupil is receiving SEN support, schools should talk to parents regularly to set clear outcomes and review progress towards them, discuss the activities and support that will help achieve them, and identify the responsibilities of the parent, the pupil and the school. Schools should meet parents at least three times each year.'

6.65 DfE (2015) Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice

The Review should cover what interventions were carried out and how, what progress has been made and any changes in circumstances.


Some Top Tips:

When progress has not been made, this could be a result of:

  • A lack of clarity in translating the planned actions into practice (“Lost in Translation”)
  • Plans not being carried out due to circumstances beyond the control of the setting  (sickness/crises)
  • The wrong intervention for the need or target.
  • Partial progress may be a result of over ambition.  This means the targets may have been too challenging or there were too many targets.
  • Take care how progress is measured.  Ask your school how they measure progress.
  • The interventions have not met the needs of the child or young person.

There are 4 possible types of outcomes from the review:

  1. The Plan has been successful and the child or young person no longer has any relevant difficulties.
  2. The Plan is being successful and it is agreed it should continue.
  3. The Plan has not made a significant difference to the child or young person’s progress and she/ he does not make reasonable or expected progress (see Top Tips above) . The current Plan will need to be updated in light of the information from the Review and additional resources may be sought through a top up application if it is considered beneficial.
  4. After consideration of all possible interventions and approaches within a main stream setting it is considered that the necessary interventions cannot, at this point, be put in place in mainstream school. A request for a statutory EHC needs assessment is considered the most appropriate next step.

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If you are a young person, parent or carer and you think you might need some further information, advice or support contact Supportive Parents, Bristol's SEND Information, Advice and Support service.


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Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.