Statutory Special Educational Needs Panel

The Terms of Reference (TOR) for The Statutory Special Educational Needs Panel  are now available. 

What is the Statutory SEN Panel?

Watch our Statutory SEN Panel Information Films

Purpose

The Statutory SEN Panel decides: 

  • Whether or not to carry out an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs assessment. 
  • Whether or not to issue an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, following an EHC needs assessment.
  • Whether or not requests for a change in the level or type of provision for a child or young person with an EHC plan, following an EHC plan review, should be issued. 
  • The appropriate educational placement and/or resources for a child or young person who has an EHC plan.
  • Whether it is appropriate to cease a child or young person's EHC plan. 

The SEN Panel meets every week, throughout the year, including school holidays. The SEN Panel meets at New County Hall, Truro. 

Membership 

The Statutory SEN Panel consists of: 

  • Members of the Statutory SEN Service
  • Representatives of SEN Support Services
  • Member of the Children's Psychology Service 
  • Representative of Children's Social Care
  • Cornwall's Designated Medical Officer
  • Representatives of schools and settings (SENCOs or Headteachers)

Decisions made by the Statutory SEN Panel 

Recommendations and decisions are based on the written evidence presented. 

Parents and schools are informed of the Panel's decision by their SEN Casework Officer via phone or email. A formal decision letter will confirm this decision. If an EHC Needs Assessment is not going ahead, the letter will state any reasons why. 

Attending a Panel Meeting 

We welcome colleagues from educational settings, health and social care who may wish to understand more about how the Panel works. Visitors are welcome from 12 noon to see the paperwork involved, the meeting starts at 1pm.

Attending can support  professional development and is an opportunity to gain an insight into how decisions about SEN statutory assessments and provision are made.  

Bookings need to be made in advance due to room size. 

If you are interested in joining us as an observer, please contact us using the contact details shown on this page.

What is the Statutory SEN Panel? - Information Films 

This series of information films aim to give an overview of the role of Cornwall's Statutory SEN Panel, also known as the SEN Panel. This includes who attends the  SEN Panel, the decisions that the SEN Panel make and how you will find out about an SEN Panel decision.

Please use the drop-down menu below to select the information film you would like to watch. 

Alternatively, you can view the full playlist of information films. 

This film provides information about the role of the Statutory SEN Panel, when SEN Panel meetings occur and who attends SEN Panel meetings. (3 mins, 14 secs)  

This film provides information about the three types of decisions the SEN Panel make during meetings. (0 mins, 40 secs) 

 

This film provides information about the first type of decision the Statutory SEN Panel makes regarding requests for Education, Health and Care needs assessments. (2 mins, 11 secs)

 

This film provides information about the second type of decision the Statutory SEN Panel makes regarding whether or not to issue an Education, Health and Care plan, following an EHC needs assessment. (2 mins, 5 secs) 

This film provides information about the third type of decision the Statutory SEN Panel makes regarding requests for a change in the level or type of provision for a child or young person who already has an EHC plan, following an EHC plan review. (1 min, 5 secs) 

This film provides information about how you will hear about decisions made by the Statutory SEN Panel. This includes information about Statutory SEN Casework Officers who are the main point of contact for the family and the educational setting. (1 min, 21 secs)