I am special needs coordinator in a large school with very high levels of SEN. I have taught in support for a number of years and have an undergraduate degree in psychology. I have written and reviewed dozens of IEPs for students with a wide variety of special needs and I have undertaken multiple continuous professional development courses relating to the IEP process.
This sample IEP is based on real targets that I have worked on with students in a resource teacher capacity. The name of the child in the sample IEP is fictional and details of professional reports and about the child have all been changed or fabricated as they are for illustrative purposes only.
This sample IEP is a detailed 12 page document which provides a template for how to write an IEP. It has a pupil profile section (where details of the child, the school, assessments etc. are recorded), a learning characteristics section (where details of the child’s diagnosis, child’s comments, priority concerns etc.) are recorded, a section for long-term targets, a section for short term targets, and reflection section.
I have included 10 sample long term targets in the plan. This is for demonstrative purposes only and in reality I would only ever have about 5 targets for the year. In the short term targets section, I have provided term 1 and term 2 targets and included a review of the child’s progress for the targets. This is to demonstrate how to fill out these sections only and at the beginning of the year these sections would not yet be completed.
Note: Since the new model of SET allocation was introduced in 2017 there has been a move towards the use of the “student support file” document for planning for children with SEN, although it is up to the school to decide on the format that works best for them for their planning and the IEP format is still acceptable. If you would like to see examples of the “student support file” type plan I have them for sale separately. You can find links to them in the “You may also like…” section below.