EHCP - Education, Health and Care Plan
What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?
An EHCP is a legal document that describes your child’s or young person's education, health and care needs and the support they must be given. Your child or young person must have special educational needs in order to be eligible for a Plan. A Plan clearly identifies the agreed personal outcomes for a child/young person and the support required in order to achieve those outcomes in education and in preparing for adult life.
Key Principles underpinning the assessment process
- Children, young people and their families are fully involved.
- The views, wishes and feelings of children, young people and their families are considered throughout.
- The assessment process is simple.
- The process is flexible and responsive to the child/young person’s changing needs.
- Information, advice and support are available to families.
- Young people over 16 years have access to clear information, advice and support.
The ECHP is reviewed once a year.
- Most pupils arrive with an EHCP but there are occasions that children come on an assessment placement, in agreement with the Local Authority.
- The annual EHCP review is the statutory process of looking at the needs and provision specified in an EHCP and deciding whether these need to change.
- EHCP Review meetings take place throughout the school year.
- An invite to ECHP review meeting will be sent home.
- Paperwork is sent home with suggested changes to the EHCP prior to the meeting.
- At the meeting:
- Details of any suggested changes to the plan are discussed.
- Depending on the age, you will discuss short term targets OR new long term targets which are linked to the short term targets.
- Parents are involved in the target setting.
- The meeting is an opportunity to celebrate the successes as well as identifying the future support needs of the child.
- Progress in line with pupil’s strengths and needs are discussed.
- Following the meeting, the final EHCP is produced by the borough and sent directly to the parents for consultation.
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