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Individual Education Plan
What is an Individual Education Plan?
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a document drawn up by your child's school with help from you and describes your child's needs and how these needs will be met.
An IEP lists targets for your child to work towards and outlines the action and support necessary to help them achieve them.
For more information about special educational needs (SEN), visit our SEN page.
Do all children have an IEP?
No. An IEP will be drawn up if it is considered that your child needs support for their learning.
Who is involved in writing the IEP?
The school Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO), or another teacher, should talk with you about the IEP so that you can also help your child. You should be involved in the process of putting together the IEP.
It is important that you have a copy of the IEP and check when it will be reviewed. A date should be set to review the IEP with you at least once a year. This is so that you and the school can set targets and next steps.
What does an IEP contain?
Your child's Individual Education Plan will show:
- short term targets for your child
- strategies/teaching methods that will be used to support them
- how the school will know if the IEP is working
What should I do if I am concerned about my child?
If you are concerned about your child's progress in school, talk to their class teacher, or (in secondary schools) form tutor or head of year. You can also talk to the Headteacher.