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EHCP - Educational Health Care Plan
An education, health and care (EHC) plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support.
EHC plans identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs.
Requesting an EHC assessment
You can ask your local authority to carry out an assessment if you think your child needs an EHC plan.
A young person can request an assessment themselves if they’re aged 16 to 25.
A request can also be made by anyone else who thinks an assessment may be necessary, including doctors, health visitors, teachers, parents and family friends.
If they decide to carry out an assessment you may be asked for:
- any reports from your child’s school, nursery or childminder
- doctors’ assessments of your child
- a letter from you about your child’s needs
The local authority will tell you within 16 weeks whether an EHC plan is going to be made for your child.
About the Annual Review
This is a statutory meeting, between parents/ carers, tutors and any agencies working with the student, and post 16 placements. Most importantly, it is a meeting where the student can give their views, and discuss their own education.
This has to happen every school year. As a school, we have to give 6 weeks’ notice to agencies. Annual reviews have to go ahead as planned. Sometimes parents/ carers cannot make the date or time set. We can rearrange if we are contacted on receipt of the invitation. If parents cannot attend, they can complete the parent views form, sent with the invitation, to school, and it will be added to the annual review in their absence. We would recommend that parents attend as this is their opportunity to listen to the views of their child.
At Crowdys Hill School, the annual review takes up to an hour. Parents/ carers and representatives of agencies currently working with the student, are invited to attend. For year 9, year 10 and year 11 students we also invite relevant post 16 representatives. Parents/carers can ask other relevant agencies to attend. Please ask school for advice.
It’s all about the student. The student is always invited to be part of the review. Work is done in tutor time, to gather views from the student, prior to the review. For some students, they may produce a video or power point presentation to record their views.
Whilst the form filling part has to be done with the parent/ carer, as they know the needs of their child, the main aim is for the views of the student to be expressed and shared. All the information is gathered, recorded, and sent to Swindon Special Education Needs and Assessment Team.
Information is shared within school, as necessary, and with post 16 placements, and agencies working with the student.
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Date this page was last modified: 1 March 2021