An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a plan or programme designed for children with SEN to help them to get the most out of their education.
How is the term used by schools?
The revised SEND code of practice does not mention the term Individual Education Plan (IEP) which was recommended, but not required use, under the 2001 code. However, you may sometimes hear the term as some schools continue to use them as a method of planning SEN provision for their pupils.
All schools are required to have robust planning and reviewing arrangements, including SMART targets and a one page description of the pupil’s profile, which features the pupil’s own ‘voice’ and aspirations. These are required in the form of plan, do, review.
The term IEP is used in America to refer to an Individualized Education Program, which is a legal document under United States law that is developed for each public school child in the US who needs special education; it is a similar thing to the UK’s EHCP.