Sounds something like the "provision plans" that some LAs are so keen on. In your case, going on what you've said, it's probably a good thing if the school are doing this off their own back - it might actually help to provide evidence if you decide to go for SA, further down the line.
Like I say - seems workable and certainly useful in my DS case. However the cynical part of me keeps focussing on the part that says 'statements don't always help make arrangements to meet child's needs' and wondering how much of this is a funding issue?
I obviously want to believe it means the support my DS currently gets - because he needs it - is continued through the use of the IPA!
Yes , ouryre - the senco actually said she wanted to do it and would help if I ever wanted to go for SA. However she agrees with me that ATM DS can manage without a statement. (Mainly because she's bloody fantastic and as you said earlier sees a duck quack and so assumes it's a duck!)
Exactly RARA - that was the point I started to get because it seamed they were trying to talk parents out of applying for SA and statements! But then I've also learnt to be cynical so do question myself frequently!
I'm so glad you said that RaRa as that is exactly the way my thinking went after reading the online information. But then I wondered if it was just me!
For DS in his current junior school - so transition from year 5-6 it will be useful as they will continue his current provision. I think the secondary will because they work closely with them and the secondary parent support advisor frequently attends the juniors to meet with parents. However, I am aware now that it doesn't mean they have to continue the support. But then again hopefully well have a dx by then which may add more weight to the IPA?
I guess I need to be as enthusiastic as I was about it a few hours ago and take the step to statement if I feel it's needed - eg if the IPA does turn out not to be worth the paper it's written on
And the boys' statements are pretty dire, but they've been in a school that wouldn't dream of leaving them unsupported and we've/they've had some good support from the advisory service, too. (and that same, very pro inclusion advisory service, according to the letter sent to SENDIST by the LA, and despite being asked to be witnesses for the LA, supported my bid for DS1 to be moved to specialist provision, in the end.)
Ouryre - our LA has already launched the EHCP. I think it's still an option but with view to adopting it imminent. I must admit EHCP does seem helpful and this IPA looks similar in that it looks the the passport bit completed before the EHCP but with the lengthy assessment process of professionals stating needs.