Individual Educational Plans (IEPs)
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a planning, teaching and reviewing document for everyone to use when supporting a child with additional needs.
A simple format should be used for an IEP. The information it contains should be clear and understandable to all concerned. An IEP should contain:
The targets set for the child - there will usually be three or four short-term targets that address specific areas of difficulty. These might be with literacy, maths, communication, behaviour or social skills
The help the school will provide - this will be help extra to or different from the rest of the class
Who will provide the help - this may be support from a teaching assistant. It could also be in the form of advice from specialist teachers, therapists or other health professionals
When and how often the child will receive this help - this could be in the classroom or outside depending on the child's needs;
How and when the child's progress will be measured.
The IEP may also contain suggestions of how you can help your child at home.
The school may arrange an initial meeting with you when they set up an IEP. Your child may also be involved in setting the targets. You will get a copy of the Plan and should check that you understand the targets and the support your child will be given. Staffordshire Parent Partnership Service can support you in making your views known and attend the meeting with you if you wish.