Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Team

The main functions of this area are:

  • Carrying out the Statutory Duties of the LA in line with the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
  • Coordinate the EHC (Education Health and Care) needs assessment process in accordance the Children & Families Act 2014. This means that we carry out EHC needs assessments for children and young people aged 0-25 to determine if children and young people have special educational needs and disabilities that require support or provision which is over and above the support ordinarily available at school.
  • Ensuring that the LA meets its statutory duties in terms of time scales in order to meet Performance Indicators connected with the Statutory Assessment process and the writing of Education Health and Care Plans.
  • Preparing for Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunals and representing the LA at Tribunal Hearings.
  • Quality Assurance of provision as identified in Education Health and Care Plans.
  • Quality Assurance of progress of pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.
  • Attendance at Annual Reviews, particularly targeting reviews held at transitional stages.
  • Quality Assurance of LA wide specialist provision in terms of placements and suitability.
  • Providing support and guidance to schools relating to the SEND Code of Practice.
  • Developing SEND/inclusive provision and practice across schools in the Borough.
  • Leading in partnership on the implementation of the SEND Strategy.
  • Ensuring a co-ordinated response to meeting the needs of vulnerable groups in schools, in terms of presence, participation and achievement.
  • Monitor and Review Education Health and Care Plans( ’s) in partnership with the child or young person and their parents and the educational setting.
  • Update existing ’s in preparation for a child or young person moving between key phases in education such as moving to secondary school or going to college.
  • Coordinate school placements for children and young people who have an EHCP including special school placements.

                              Here are some of the forms and documents that are used as part of the and Review Process.  Some are completed by families and young people and some by schools and educational settings to complete.

                              When people can’t agree - special educational needs and disability (SEND) complaints: a guide for young people in education

                              Please click on Additional Information below to see more useful documents

                              Contact Details

                              0151 443 5145



                              Knowsley MBC
                              PO Box 21
                              Archway Road
                              L36 9YU

                              Opening days / times
                              Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm

                              Additional Information

                              Age range

                              0 - 25

                              Referral procedure

                              <p>Self-referral or through other services</p>

                              Availability comments

                              Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm

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