What is an EHCP?

Most children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) will have their needs met in local mainstream settings. These educational settings should try to meet the needs of these children and young people.

Some children and young people may not make expected progress, despite these efforts to identify, assess and meet the special educational need. In these cases, schools or parents should consider requesting an EHCNA.

This assessment involves a process of gathering information from the relevant people or agencies, including the views, interests and aspirations of the parents and child or young person.

The needs assessment will help to determine whether we need to make additional provision through an EHC Plan. These plans replace statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) for children and young people with the most complex needs, from birth up to the age 25.

When deciding whether to issue an EHC Plan the local authority will take into account whether the needs of the child or young person can reasonably be met from resources normally available to settings.

We have worked with schools to publish their SEN information report. This should describe the provision available to help children with SEND in their schools.

An EHC Plan will include:

  • the views, interests and aspirations of the children and young people and their parent/carer
  • an outline of the child or young person’s special educational need
  • outcomes covering education, health and social care
  • the special educational provision needed to support the child or young person
  • the name and type of current education setting
  • Resource attached to the Plan
  • personal budget information if applicable.
  • An EHCNA will not always lead to an EHC Plan. However it may help to decide how the education setting can meet the child or young person’s needs without an EHC Plan.

It should not take more than 20 weeks from requesting an assessment to a final EHC Plan being issued.

This article was written by Laxmi Patel, Head of the Education team at Boyes Turner, making sure your child gets the help they need at the school you want.

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