Requests for Statutory Assessment move online
As part of the Education Authority’s (EA) work to transform special educational needs services for our children, young people and their families, it has changed the way a request for statutory assessment is made.
The paper-based process, which users found complex and time-consuming, has been replaced by a new online form which is designed to be intuitive and guides the user through the process step-by-step.
EA has also set up a dedicated team to help with advice and request-related queries, who can be reached by calling the SEN Helpline on 028 9598 5960. If a paper form is still required, one can be arranged by calling the SEN Helpline.
School SENCos have been using the system for two weeks and their feedback highlights the benefits of a digital system that reduces bureaucracy and saves precious time. The formal launch encourages other stakeholder groups, including parents, educational psychologists and health professionals to use the online system. A number of resources are available on the EA website to support and guide users.
The new system also supports the submission of relevant documentation and information in support of a request. This improves the efficiency of the process and supports the Statutory Assessment & Review Service in the timely management of a significant volume of cases.