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Assistive Technology Equipment Panel (ATEP)

The ATEP process is for exceptional student need. It is the Local Authorities’ expectation that basic items that are considered as reasonable adjustments are funded by the education setting.

The assistive technology panel consists of Kent County Council practicing professionals; who hold the relevant qualifications, experience and knowledge of assistive technology and sensory impairment. The panel may seek additional information about the referral before a decision can be reached. This could include information from the education setting, professionals working with the student or from another appropriate service. ATEP Meetings are held once a month term time only.


  • All referrals must be for students whose responsible local authority is Kent.
  • The referral must be for equipment that is considered as more than a reasonable adjustment.
  • The student will have an EHCP (education healthcare plan) or provision plan.
  • Evidence of a range of options already tried to support the student’s learning.

To make a referral to ATEP, please read the ATEP Guidance information (DOTX, 121.1 KB) in the first instance, to ensure the student meets with the criteria.

If you are ready to make a referral to ATEP, please ensure you complete the ATEP referral form (DOTX, 79.4 KB), using the guidance form as a reference

If you are supporting a student who has already received equipment through the ATEP process and there is a fault with it, please complete the Fault Reporting form and send it to ATEP.

If you have any referral forms, fault reporting forms or queries regarding the process or potential referrals, please contact ATEP on: