In most areas you need a statement in place before you get aplace at SN school.
we are most of the way through statementing, and are curently edging around the issue that dd1 can't go to SN school wiithout a statement, but also cannot get a statement without naming SN school. it's enough to make your head explode, honestly.
I understand it si because as a parent you have more right to appeal, if turned down for assessment, than the school.
it also gets the ball rolling more quickly - if the needs are great enough, there is no reason why a pre-school child should not have a statememt, but if left to the professionals, then they usually don't refer before 3.5 ish
My son was being put forward for an autistc unit without a statement,but now we are going to look at a hospital school next week.I asked about statementing and was told whilst most children do have statements they dont have to have one it can be applied for after which is what we are doing.
In fact there is a debate as to whose application would hold more sway with the LEA, school's or parent's.
It should make no difference but I'm inclined to think that the LEA would take more notice of an application made by school, having tried SA, SA+ etc before making that final step HOWEVER - as we all know schools are positively discouraged by LEAs from applying for Statements and some schools simply ignore chidlren's difficulties - so often the first the LEA gets to hear about a child's particular difficulties is when the parent itself applies - as happened in our case.