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What does a statement look like?

The statement is divided into six parts:

Part 1 – includes your child’s personal details and lists the advice from parents and professionals that’s included with the statement.

Part 2 – describes your child’s special educational needs identified by the assessment.

Part 3 – describes:

  • the objectives or aims of the extra help
  • the help that should meet the needs listed in Part 2, including facilities, therapy and equipment, staffing, curriculum and any special arrangements
  • the way the help will be checked to make sure your child’s progress is meeting the objectives.

Part 4 – names the school or type of school your child will attend, or any help you must provide for your child if you are planning to educate them at home.  Part 4 will be blank in the proposed statement to give you the chance to say which school you would like them to attend.

Part 5 – describes any non-educational needs your child has, including medical, specialist travel, care and health and safety needs.

Part 6 – describes the help required to meet your child’s non-educational needs.

Appendices – the documents attached to the back of the statement. These include all the advice reports made about your child during the statutory assessment and may include other information that the local authority took into account when making the statement. You’re entitled to copies of all these.

Download our statement template

Following several requests from members of the Talk about Autism community, we’ve created a statement template (PDF 228KB). This gives you an idea of what you can expect to see on a typical statement. It’s illustrated with examples drawn from statements kindly provided by parents of children with autism. We’re grateful to these parents and their children for sharing their experiences with others. 

The statement template also draws on the guidelines in section 7 of the SEN Toolkit. The toolkit contains practical advice, mainly for schools and local authorities, on how to implement the SEN Code of Practice.