Individual Development Plan (IDP)

What are Person-Centred methods to create Individual Development Plans (IDP)? 

We use a particular method to hold a meeting to gather information about the pupil, using Person-Centred methods, to plan provision for school pupils. This type of meeting is more informal and provides an opportunity for everybody to provide a view on what is working and not working the pupil, and what is important to them.

The video below explains what is a Person-Centred Review:


The new ALN Act has replaced the old procedure of statutory assessment SEN Statement. It has been replaced with Individual Development Plans (IDP). Every child or young person with ALN which calls for additional learning provision (ALP) will be entitled to receive the same statutory plan – the IDP. 

  • An Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a statutory plan that is put in place after determining that a child or young person has Additional Learning Needs (ALN) which calls for Additional Learning Provision (ALP).
  • The IDP describes the Additional Learning Needs (ALN) and the Additional Learning Provision (ALP) put in place to support the child or young person's additional learning needs.
  • Most children and young people with ALN will have their IDPs prepared and maintained by their school or college. 
  • There are some groups of children or young people who will have their IDPs prepared and maintained by the Local Authority.  

It is extremely important that all involved with the child / young person participate in the meeting to create an IDP so that we discover what the pupils regard as important. There are many ways in which a child or young person can participate. This will enable us to create a very personal IDP for the child / young person. This will be done through speaking with the child/young person and their family, and agreeing on the best approach to prioritize and provide support.


These reviews place the child or young person at the centre, looking what does and does not work, and what is important to them. All the information gathered  will be used alongside the Criteria to form a truly individual and effective action plan. This method of understanding a pupil’s needs applies to all children / young people and not only those with ALN. Participation is all about listening to children and young people, and taking their views meaningfully into account.


All sections of the IDP are important when reviewing pupils' progress. Day to day use of the IDP, ensures that staff are aware of individual requirements and interventions with pupils who have ALN. They are expected to be live electronic documents that are adapted as and when required.