Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

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Some children with special educational needs (SEN) in England need more help than a mainstream school, college or nursery would normally provide at the level of SEN support. These pupils receive support through an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

An EHC plan is a legal document that describes a child or young person’s special educational, health and social care needs, explains the extra help that will be given to meet those needs and how that help will support the child or young person to achieve what they want to in their life.

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.

Who needs an EHCP?

Who needs an EHCP?

EHC plans are for children and young people whose special educational needs require more help than would normally be provided in a mainstream...

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How long does it take?

How long does it take?

The LA needs to decide whether a needs assessment will go ahead within six weeks of a referral being received. The decision whether to go ahead with...

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What support is available?

What support is available?

The support a child receives is based on their individually assessed needs. If they have an EHC Plan the kind of support you can expect them to...

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What does an EHCP look like?

What does an EHCP look like?

There is no national standard format for the EHC plan. However, it must have certain sections that are clearly labelled.The sections are: A: The...

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How support is reviewed?

How support is reviewed?

Annual review meetings are held where your child’s progress will be looked at, plans for the next term/year will be discussed, new aims and targets...

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How long does the plan last?

How long does the plan last?

The plan will remain in place until your child leaves education or the local authority decides that your child no longer needs the plan to help them...

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More information

More information

The world of SEN can be confusing but there are lots of people who are trained and experienced who can help you through the assessment...

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Forms and Templates

Forms and Templates

This section is specifically for practitioners who work with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities. It contains...

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