All children and young people who have SEND, should have their progress towards their agreed outcomes reviewed at least once every year - an annual review. Sometimes it might be necessary to hold a review more frequently. For example, if there is an unexpected change in your young person’s life. An early review may help if your young person is going to move to a new setting. This will ensure there is time to plan the support they need.
If your young person receives SEN Support, there should always be a clear support plan that is reviewed regularly. The plan should be agreed between you, your young person and teaching staff. If your young person has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, it must be reviewed yearly. The review is likely to be held when, or shortly before, the year is up.
The annual review gives you and your young person the chance to talk about:
Your young person’s hopes and dreams often change over time and with new life experiences. Therefore, it’s important that your young person has regular chances to give their views about their hopes and dreams for adult life.
All annual reviews are important. However, they are particularly important when your young person:
From Year 9 onwards, annual reviews must have a focus on preparing for adult life. There should be outcomes to help your young person:
Our preparing for adult life (PfAL) service, is available to support young people who need extra help to achieve their aspirations and outcomes. Ask about this at your young person’s Year 9 annual review.
The annual review should be held at a time and place that works for you and your young person. You should both be given the chance to give your views ahead of the meeting if preferred. This could be in writing, pictures or film. Some of you may prefer to use the advocacy service.
Your young person and everyone who is involved in supporting them should be invited to the meeting. This will usually include:
Social care might include someone from the preparing for adult life (PfAL) service. They can support you as your young person nears age 18, and possibly moves to adult services.
The annual review is a chance to look back and look forwards. Everyone should have the chance to:
It is very important that you and your young person feel comfortable and are confident about giving your views at the meeting. Your views should be listened to and respected. Remember to ask questions about anything that you don’t understand.
The review meeting should focus on planning long-term, medium-term and short-term outcomes. Once outcomes are finalised, the provision and support that will help your young person achieve them should be discussed, planned and agreed.
If your young person is working with the preparing for adult life (PfAL) service, they will also draw up a PfAL plan with you all. This will document what needs to happen to progress towards your young person’s outcomes, and who will do this. The PfAL team will keep in touch with you at least three times a year, to review progress and the plan, adding new outcomes as necessary.
It is important to explain the purpose of the annual review to your young person. You and your young person should be given time and help to understand what will happen at the meeting. You should be told what will be talked about, and that you will be asked to give your views. It is good practice is to give your young person the chance to help plan and organise the meeting. This could include giving them a say about:
Enough time should be allowed during the meeting, so that the conversation is not rushed. There should be breaks for anyone who needs one.