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EHCP’s are for children or young people who have a special educational need or disability that cannot be met by support that is usually available in a school or college. EHC plans can continue until the child or young person is 25 but will stop if they:


• Go to university
• Get a job
• Tell the Local Authority they no longer want one
• The Local authority thinks you no longer need one.

EHCP’s are guided by the Children’s and Family Act 2014 and the four core statutory principles are:


• The views, wishes and feelings of the child and his or her parent, or young
person;
• The importance of the child and his or her parent, or the young person,
participating as fully as possible in decisions
• The importance of the child and his or her parent, or the young person, being
provided with the information and support necessary to make decisions
• The need to support parents, children and young people, achieve the best
possible educational and other outcomes.

EHCP’s should:
• Be a joint collaboration with children, young people and families at the forefront
• The EHCP should describe what the child, young person can do and has achieved.
• The EHCP should be clear, to the point and understandable by the families.
• The EHCP should be focused on outcomes.
• The EHCP should be clear in terms of transition, this is especially important from year 9 onwards.
• The EHCP should describe how outside (community) support can help.
• The EHCP should always have a review date.

The Educational, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) Pathway
Educational Health and Care plan 20 week pathway 20 wek pathway

All Educational, Health and Care Plans should be completed at 20 weeks unless any part of the process is due for appeal or oppositions have been lodged.

An EHC needs assessment should be requested


- Whenever a child or young person has a learning difficulty or a disability which is holding them back at school or college


- The parents of the child or the young person believe that the school or college is not able to provide the help and support which is needed

The "Two" rule test

The Test the LA must apply in considering this request – Section 38(8)


The local authority must secure an EHC needs assessment for the child or young person if,
after having regard to any views expressed and evidence submitted under subsection (7),
the authority is of the opinion that—


(a) The child or young person has or may have special educational needs, and


(b) It may be necessary for special educational provision to be made for the child or young
person in accordance with an EHC plan


Part one of the test
Your child or young person has or may have special educational needs :

 Your child/young person is listed as having an SEN already identified by school/college


Or


 You feel that your child/young person has or may have special educational needs
(List the reasons why you feel your child has SEN and any evidence you have to
support what you are saying i.e. school reports, evidence of exclusions)


Part two of the test
It may be necessary for special educational provision to be made for the child/young person through the issuing of an EHC plan.


State the reasons that the school/ college may not be able to make the provision required to
meet your child/young person’s needs


I.e. the school/college has not/cannot make the provision that your child may require for
instance lack of specialist skills, individual support

A request for an EHC needs assessment can be made at any time. Infromation on how to do will be located on your Local Authorities Local offer. Norfolk's infromation can be found by clicking here

For more information on the Educational, Health and Care plan, what to include in your request and how to appeal any decisions you can download our SEN Resource Booklet