The Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan

Who needs an EHC paln 

EHC Plans were introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 to replace Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) from 1st September 2014.  A Local Authority will issue an EHC Plan if it considers that the special educational provision required to meet a child’s needs cannot reasonably be provided from within the resources normally available to mainstream early years providers, schools and post-16 institutions.  Children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) up to the age of 25 are eligible. EHC Template

The majority of children and young people with special educational needs and disability will be supported within their mainstream school through the graduated approach, quality first teaching, targeted and personalised support. 

If a parent thinks that their child/young person has SEN or a disability, the SEN Team recommend that parents/carers 

  • Talk to the class teacher/tutor. 
  • Arrange a meeting with the school/settings SENCO (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) to discuss concerns and support.

If the education setting/school thinks that the child/ young person has SEN they should 

  • Talk to parents about their concerns and start to gather evidence such as reviews of outcomes and reports about the child's/young person's progress. 
  • The setting/school should give the child/young person the support they need.  This could include getting advice and support from specialists outside the school (such as SEND Team and Speech and Language Therapist). 

The SEN team will be responsible for the coordination of the EHC Needs Assessment.  To support settings in making requests for EHC Needs Assessments they should first complete the Preparing to request an EHC Needs Assessment paperwork and attend the SEND Inclusion Forum.  Settings will be able to evidence the targeted interventions they have provided with regard to the graduated approach document and EHC guidelines.

Assessments that lead to an EHC Plan

Information gathered during an EHC needs assessment may indicate ways in which the school, college or other provider can meet the child’s needs without an EHC Plan.  In these cases the Local Authority will issue an EHC Needs assessment report, setting out the key information obtained from the assessment and how the needs of the child can be met from resources within mainstream provision and other support set out in the Local Offer.