Special educational needs panels

Six special educational needs panels meet regularly.


Statutory Assessment and Moderating Group (SAMG)

A group, including two local inclusion officers, an educational psychologist, a representative from the support services (special educational needs, hearing, visual and physical impairment), a headteacher and someone from parent partnership as an observer.

The panel meet every Thursday morning to read through and discuss the applications for statutory assessment. A decision is made about who goes forward for assessment.

Operational (OPS)

A group of three or four officers meet every Monday morning at Matlock to discuss and consider the placement of pupils and the type of provision they need ie mainstream, enhanced resource, special, residential, independent or non-maintained special schools.

Assessment checking

Local inclusion officers meet every Monday afternoon to read, check and moderate the statements which have been newly written or amended by their colleagues before they go to the resources panel (see below) and are issued.

Resources

Two education officers and one local inclusion officer meet every Wednesday morning to agree the level of teaching and teaching assistant time which should be attached to newly written statements or statements where requests for different levels of support are made.

Temporary Additional Pupil Support (TAPS)

Representatives from the local inclusion, educational psychology, looked after children and student services' teams meet every Tuesday morning, in term time, to decide on the allocation of resources which are needed urgently for supporting children in school.

This can include children with or without a statement who have urgent medical needs, who are at risk of exclusion or who are awaiting statutory assessment.

Early years

The Derbyshire Early Years Special Educational Needs Panel is a multi agency group for determining access to the full range of placements and services for pre-school children with more severe and/or complex special educational needs.