Around now, a month into the new school year, you’ll be arranging the I.E.P. meeting for your child. The I.E.P. Meeting stands for Individual Education Plan. It is a working document that is designed to make the curriculum more available to your child.
A Working Document means that it is flexible to change. What is put down at the start of the year is to be reviewed again. This is very important to note. Best practice would be to have a termly review so you meet three times a year. Some schools review the document twice and then have a review meeting at the end of the academic year.
It is written up by you, your child’s teacher(s) and where possible, the child themself.
This is a collaborative process. The I.E.P. Meeting works best when people work together and formulate goals and aspirations for your child. These are not necessarily academic goals, they can be on a range of topics that all parties feel best to work on.
Before you have the I.E.P. Meeting, you may be asked to fill in an information-gathering sheet about your child’s strengths and needs. How do they respond best to you? What puts a smile on their face? Can you remember a time they learned a new skill? If you can, think back to how they learnt that skill best. Was it by role-playing, instruction, practice? The aim of this is to make sure that your child has a beneficial year at school, they will learn in a way that works for them and methods will be put in place to ensure this.
We have a free online class on Three Key Preparations for the I.E.P. Meeting. Here you will find a checklist to help you in your preparation. You can find a link to sign up here.
We also wrote about the collaborative process last year, here’s a link if you’d like to read.
If you have any questions on the I.E.P. Meeting, would like advice on a topic, please fill in the form below and I will respond as best I can.
Above all else, recognise the good work you are doing. Sometimes we can work so hard for someone else, our battery depletes. You’ve got this, you’re doing the best you can and that is good enough.