Early identification of special educational needs is an important part of ensuring that the best provision is made for all children and young people.  

Where a child or young person continues to make less than expected progress, despite high quality differentiated targeted teaching targeted, it is important to understand whether there is an underlying difficulty which is acting as a barrier to learning.



 Within Barnet we have developed the SENCO Toolkit which is there to support SENCOs with the early identification and assessment of special educational needs. The toolkit consists of the following sections: 

1. Section 1: Introduction

2. Section 2: Identification of Need ( EYFS and Primary)

    Section 2: Idenification of Need (Secondary)

3. Section 3: Assessment

4. Section 4: SEN Support

5. Section 5: Setting Outcomes

6. Section 6: Useful Links


Identification of Need  

To support settings with the identification of special educational needs, we have developed our half termly Moderation Workshops. Schools are expected to attend one Moderation Workshop per academic year.  

The purpose of the sessions is to discuss the use of the Barnet SEN Identification SENCO Toolkit. There is also an opportunity to moderate your SEN profile with peers. 


‘An excellent way of networking and sharing practice.’ 

‘A helpful discussion which enabled me to reflect on my own practice and of how to develop and implement new ideas/practices for identification of SEN within my setting.’    

 To find out more about this visit our Upcoming Events in Barnet 


Developing your Assessment Tools 

Section 3 of the Toolkit gives a fantastic overview of the range of assessment tools that are available; these have been helpfully categorised under the four main areas of special educational needs.  

This has been designed with SENCOs to support settings with the identification and assessment of special educational needs.  



Barnet ‘My Support Plan’ 

The Barnet ‘My Support Plan’ is a template for children and young people identified at SEN Support. It is a best practice model which reflects the four-stage cycle of Assess-Plan-Do-Review 

The plan ensures that the child or young person is at the centre of the plan. 

It involves parents and the child or young person at the earliest stage with a person-centred planning component in the form of a one page profile.  

The template and guidance can be found here: SEN Support


Applying for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment 

Some children and young people with more complex needs may need support above and beyond what is ordinarily available in a setting, this might mean that the pupil would need an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment. 

Before a request for an EHC assessment is made, the child or young person would normally have in place a support plan that shows how agencies have worked together to identify and support the pupils needs and identifies how the pupil has been supported using resources which are normally available in the setting.  

To find out more about requesting an EHC assessment, click on the following link:  

Annual Review of an Education, Health and Care Plan 

 You will find all the guidance and documents you need to prepare for and undertake an Annual Review meeting at the following link:

If the EHCP is issued by another Local Authority (e.g.: Enfield or Haringey), you will need to ensure that you use the Annual Review documentation relevant to that Local Authority.


Council for Disabled Children – Understanding the Annual Review process

The Council for Disabled Children have developed a useful animation about Annual Reviews. This explains the Annual Review process through a person-centred approach.  

Click on the following link to take a look: 


Helpful Fact Sheets

 The Council for Disabled Children has also produced some helpful fact sheets about the Annual Review process:

Click here for a useful factsheet providing an overview of the key duties which apply to Local Authorities, schools and education providers as set out in the Children & Families Act 2014.  

Click here for guidance on the timetable for an Annual Review in five steps.