What is an individualised educational programme (IEP)?

An IEP is a detailed plan for your child’s learning. It usually describes your child’s additional support needs and the type of support they require. These plans set out short-term aims and goals for your child and the methods that will be used to help to reach them. An IEP may include activities you can do at home to help your child’s progress.

The IEP is not a legal document and schools do not have to prepare one for each child. However, it is good practice for schools to prepare them for certain children with additional support needs, usually those who need a lot of support or changes to the way the teacher would usually teach.

Local authorities sometimes call IEPs different names such as an individual action plan or support plan.

For further information please see Enquire factsheet 1 — Planning children’s and young people’s learning.

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