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					Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service


Statutory Assessment-
How to express your views




	 Partnership Helpline: 01785 356921
 Parent
The Local Authority will find your views, as the
child’s parents and carers, very useful when
considering your child’s needs.

There are two ways in which you can do this:

 in writing;

 by discussing your views and having them recorded for you.

If you wish, someone from the Parent Partnership Service
will help you. They can help you to record your views and
support you at meetings.



Making contributions towards an assessment

 Your views are very important.

 You know your child extremely well.

 You know your child in different ways from the
  professionals.

 You need to make a contribution and be heard.




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How do I write my views?

You should write things that are important to YOU about YOUR
CHILD’S NEEDS.


You should include things you want the Local Authority to know
about your child at home and at school.


The following information is for guidance only: you do not have
to use it if you do not wish to.


You only need write about the parts that are relevant to you
and your child.




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A – The Early Years

  1. What do you remember about the early years that might
     help?

  2. What was your child like as a baby?

  3. Were you happy about progress at the time?

  4. When did you first feel things were not right?

  5. What happened?

  6. What advice or help did you receive and from whom?



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B – What is Your Child Like Now?

  1. General Health – Eating and sleeping habits. General
     fitness, absences from school, minor illnesses/accidents
     – coughs and colds, serious illnesses – periods in hospital.
     Any medicine or special diet? General alertness –
     tiredness, signs of use of drugs, glue sniffing.


  2. Physical Skills – Walking, running, climbing, riding a bike,
     football, or other games. Drawing pictures, writing, doing
     jigsaws, using construction kits, household gadgets, tools,
     sewing.


  3. Self Help – Level of personal independence – dressing,
     making bed, washing own clothes, keeping room tidy,
     coping with day-to-day routine. Budgeting pocket money.
     General independence – getting out and about.


  4. Communication – Level of speech – explains, describes
     events, people, conveys information (e.g. messages to and
     from school), joins in conversations, uses telephone.


  5. Playing and Learning at Home – How does your child
     spend time – watching TV, reading for pleasure and
     information, hobbies, concentration, sharing?


 6.   Activities Outside the Home – Does your child belong to
      any clubs, do sporting activities? Are they happy to go
      out alone?




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7. Relationships – with parents, brothers and sisters, with
   friends and relations. With other adults generally. Does
   your child mix well or stay on his/her own?


8.   Behaviour at Home – How your child cooperates, shares,
     listens to and carries out requests, helps in the house,
     offers help, fits in with family routine and “rules”.
     Moods - good and bad, sulking, temper tantrums, showing
     affection.


9.   At School – Relationships with other children and
     teachers. Progress with reading, writing, numbers, other
     subjects and activities at school.


10. How has the school helped? Have you been asked to help
    with school work – with what result?


11. Does your child enjoy school? What does he/she find
    easy or difficult?




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C – Your General Views
1. What do you think your child’s special educational needs
   are?

2. How do you think these can be best provided for?

3. How do you compare your child with others of the same
   age?

4. What is your child good at or what does he/she enjoy
   doing?

5. What does your child worry about? Is he/she aware of
   difficulties?

6. What are your worries or concerns?

7. Is there any other information you would like to give
   about the family?

8. How do you think your child’s needs affect the needs of
   the family as a whole




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D – Additional Information

  1. If you have any reports from other professionals that
     you would like the assessment team to consider as part
     of the assessment, please attach them.

  2. Are there any professionals you would like the
     assessment team to write to for advice? If so, please
     tell the assessment team their names and addresses.




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E – Your Child’s Views
 1.   Does your child realise that he/she has difficulties?

 2.   What are his/her views on how he/she would like to be
      helped in school?

 3.   How has your child told you?



          It is the content and not the presentation
                       that is important.




        The Parent Partnership
           Service Helpline
          can be reached on
            01785 356921




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Leaflets produced by Staffordshire Parent Partnership
Service include:
 Information for parents/carers who have children with
  special educational needs – General
 Information for parents/carers who have children with
  special educational needs – Early Years
 Information for parents/carers who have children with
  special educational needs – School Exclusion

Information Packs:
 Supporting your child’s educational needs – General
 Supporting your child’s educational needs - Statutory
  Assessment
 Supporting your child’s educational needs – Early Years

General Leaflets:
 Dyslexia – A guide for parents
 Developmental Coordination Disorder or Dyspraxia – A guide
  for parents
 Transition Review- Year 9 onwards

Copies of these can be obtained from:
Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service
13 Lichfield Road
Stafford
ST17 4JX

Telephone: 01785 356921 (Minicom service available)
Fax: 01785 356921
E-mail: spps@staffordshire.gov.uk
Website: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/spps
    Staffordshire Parent Partnership is funded by
Staffordshire County Council. It operates independently
    as a confidential service for parents and carers
       of children with special educational needs.

    If you, or someone you know, would like a
   copy of this booklet in large print, Braille,
on audio-tape or in languages other than English,
                please contact the
 Parent Partnership Service on 01785 356921.
        Email: spps@staffordshire.gov.uk




                     Revised March 2009