Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – EHC plans

After your child’s assessment, we may create an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Step 1

We will issue a draft version of the Education, Health and Care Plan (DOCX, 111.71 KB). This will not be the final plan, you can ask for changes to be made to it. If changes need to be made to the draft plan then we will keep you informed.

You may need to meet with the plan coordinator and representatives from the agencies involved with your child to discuss the plan and the support that your child will need.

Remember, at any point in the process, you can appeal if you are unhappy with any decisions made.

Step 2

You must tell us the school or other educational setting that you wish your child to attend. This does not have to be different from the one they are currently attending if you do not wish for them to move.

Step 3

We will consult with your chosen school/other educational setting to make sure they can meet your child’s needs. We will try to meet your first preference wherever possible, however if we can’t we will keep you informed and work with you to identify alternatives.

When we consult with a school/other educational setting they should respond to us within 15 days.

Step 4

The final EHC plan is then issued naming the school/other educational setting that your child will attend. If you are unhappy with the final plan, you can appeal.

The whole process must be completed within 20 weeks from the date we received the original referral.

The EHC plan must be reviewed at least once a year to assess progress.

During these meetings we will:

  • check that the support your child has received over the past year has helped with their progress;
  • see if your child’s needs have changed in any way;
  • plan for the next year;
  • see if the EHC plan is still suitable or needs changing.

If, following an annual review, you are unhappy with the outcome, you can appeal.

Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) – EHC plans was last updated on December 14, 2017.


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