From September 2014, Statement of Special Educational Needs was replaced by the Education, Health and Care Plan.

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan) is a legal document outlining a child or young person’s special educational needs and the provision required in order to meet these needs. An EHC plan will include:

  • The views, interests and aspirations of the child and their parents or of the young person
  • Special education needs
  • Health needs which relate to their special education needs
  • Social care needs which relate to their special education needs
  • The outcomes sought for the child or young person
  • The special educational provision required by the child or young person
  • Any health provision reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities which results in the child or young person having SEN
  • Any social care provision which must be made for a child or young person under 18 resulting from section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act (1970)
  • Any social care provision reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities which results in the child or young person having SEN
  • Placement (name of school / setting attended / to be attended)
  • Personal Budget (including arrangements for direct payments)
  • Advice and Information (copies of all of the information gathered during the assessment)

How can I request a plan for my child?

Please see our web page for requesting an assessment.

Review of the plan

The plan will be reviewed at least every 3 to 6 months if the child is under the age of five and yearly for a child over the age of five, or a young person.

The purpose of a review is to monitor progress towards outcomes and aspirations and to ensure that the provision made remains appropriate.

What happens if my child already has a Statement of Special Educational Needs?

Children and young people who have a statement or a Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA) will be transferred to the new system gradually.

  • Young people in further education with an LDA will transfer to the new system by 1 September 2016.
  • Children and young people with a statement will transfer by 1 April 2018.

To ensure that support continues for these children and young people, the legislation relating to statements and LDAs will remain in force during the transition period.

See the timetable and full details of the transition plan.

Complaints procedure

If you're unhappy with any aspect of help or support that has been provided to you, regardless of whether your child has an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of Special Educational Need, you have the right to complain or appeal for any decision that has been made.
 
Please refer to the complaints procedure to find out about the process. 

Further information

Please see our frequently asked questions for more details about the process of transferring from a Statement or Learning Difficulty Assessment to an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Strategy 2014 - 2018 

This document details our strategy to deliver the SEND reforms effectively and improve outcomes for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Read the strategy

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