Special Educational Needs

What is an Individual Education Plan?

An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a planning, teaching and reviewing tool produced by a school or early years setting for all staff working with your child. It should specify:

  • what special help is being given
  • how often your child will receive the help
  • who will provide the help
  • what the targets for your child are (usually three or four specific short term targets)
  • how and when your child's progress will be checked
  • what help you can give your child at home.

The style of an IEP will vary according to the needs of the child and the policy and practice of the school or early years setting.

The purpose of an IEP is to assist your child in making progress with learning and to help raise his/her achievement. It also assists staff in providing additional support for your child. For most children, the introduction of an IEP and the arrangements made by staff will be sufficient.