Once an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment has been carried out if the local authority (LA) decide to issue your child with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), you will receive a draft plan.
There is a lot to think about, it is important to be prepared and act quickly. You have at least 15 days from the date the draft was sent, to respond to the LA.
The plan is divided into Sections A to K. Click here to see a blank EHCP TEMPLATE
|Section A||Details the views, interests and aspirations of you and your child|
|Section B||Special educational needs (SEN), have all your child’s needs been listed|
|Section C||Health needs related to SEN, have all your child’s needs been listed|
|Section D||Social care needs related to SEN, have all your child’s needs been listed|
|Section E||Outcomes – how the extra help will benefit your child|
|Section F||Special educational provision (support). The provision should be specific. How often, by whom, how long. Watch out for vague wording such as ‘opportunities’, ‘access to’ or ‘as required’|
|Section G||Health provision|
|Section H||Social care provision|
Placement – type and name of school or other setting.
Note that the name of the school, college or other education setting in section I of the draft EHC plan will be left blank.
Now is the time for you to state which school or college you would like to be named in the final EHC plan. Find out more about naming a school.
|Section J||Personal budget arrangements. Find out more about personal budgets.|
|Section K||Advice and information – a list of the information gathered during the EHC needs assessment. Has the information from all the professionals involved been gathered and included.|
complaints F You will need to check the draft plan carefully for mistakes and anything that may have been left out.
CHECK – does the draft plan:
You have at least 15 days from the date the draft was sent to respond to the LA.
As a result of your representations (changes) the LA may:
The LA must issue a final plan within 20 weeks of the initial request for an EHC needs assessment.
When the LA issues the final plan, they MUST send you a letter telling you of your right to mediation and appeal. If you disagree with all or part of the final plan, you have 2 months of the date of the decision letter, or one month from the date of the mediation certificate – whichever is later.
Find out more about complaints, mediation and appeals.
For further information or advice, please contact us