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Local Offer Special educational needs and disabilities

Merton SEN Team

The Merton SEN Team carries out the following duties:

Assessments for Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

Issue of EHCPs, if appropriate.

Updates to EHCPs, including ceasing plans where appropriate

SEN Transport Coordination

Who to contact

020 8545 4811
Merton Council


London Borough Of Merton, Merton Civic Centre
London Road

Other Details

Related Links
SEND Code Of Practice
Kids First
Global Mediation
Independent supporters - Core Assets Children's Services
Transferring to an EHCP
Information about EHCPs
Merton Council Special Educational Needs Information & Advice & Support

SEN Local Offer


The SEN Team coordinates the assessment of education, health and care needs when it considers that it may be necessary for special educational provision to be made for the child or young person in accordance with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Normally an EHC needs assessment follows on from planning already undertaken with parents and young people in conjunction with an early years provider, school, post-16 institution or other learning provider.

For more details about the process that the SEN Team follows in carrying out an assessment and issuing an EHCP (where appropriate) see the guidance around Transferring to an EHCP. For information about how to request an EHC needs assessment for your child, please see the guidance around How to request an EHC Needs Assessment

Transfers of Statements of Special Educational Need and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) to EHC Plans

Merton’s SEN Team is responsible for transferring statements of Special Educational Need to EHCPs by April 1st 2018 and LDAs by September 2016. For more information please see Merton's Statement to EHCP Transfer Plan

Commissioning Provision

The Local Authority is responsible for commissioning the education provision defined in EHCPs apart from health provision which is the responsibility of the NHS. The SEN Team works closely with Social Care and Health Providers.

Annual Reviews

Each EHCP must be reviewed each year. The SEN Team is responsible for ensuring that this annual review process takes place and is carried out in accordance with the SEN Code of Practice 2014. The SEN Team may delegate the running of the annual review meeting to early years providers, schools, colleges, or other relevant providers.

The Local Offer

The SEN Team is responsible for the content of the parts of the Local Offer that relate to the duties outlined above.

SEN Transport

The SEN Transport Coordinator is responsible for maintaining Merton’s SEN Transport Policies and implementing them. For more information, see the SEN Transport Local Offer

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