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Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP)

Reviewed - September 2020

Education Health & Care Plans (EHCP)

The majority of children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met within local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges.  A small number of children and young people may require an Education Health & Care needs assessment in order for the local authority to decide whether it is necessary for it to make provision in accordance with an Education Health & Care Plan (previously known as statements).

The purpose of an EHC plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of the child or young person, to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health & social care and, as they get older prepare them for adulthood. 

The following people have a specific right to ask a local authority to conduct an education, health & care needs assessment for a child or young person aged 0-25:

  • A person acting on behalf of a school or post 16 institution (this should ideally be with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person where possible)
  • The child’s parent
  • A young person over the age of 16 but under the age of 25

If you would like more information on education health & care plans, then please discuss with the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at your child’s school 

Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team 0118 9372674  

Applying for an EHC Needs Assessment

A very small number of children and young people may not make progress despite the interventions put in place at SEN Support.

An Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment may be needed to find out more about a child or young person's special educational needs and the support they need in order to learn, progress and achieve.

The EHC Needs Assessment will find out if an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is needed.

The Children and Families Act 2014 states that local authorities are responsible for carrying out an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Needs Assessment for children and young people aged between 0 to 25 to achieve the best possible outcomes.

At every stage, the views and wishes of the child or young person and their parent and carer will be listened to.

Who can request a EHC Needs Assessment

Usually your child’s teacher or tutor and a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) will request an EHC Needs Assessment.

They will work with you to gather additional information about your child.

As a parent or young person over 16 years, you can request an EHC Needs Assessment if you feel your child’s needs are not being met through the measures being taken by the school.

It is a good idea to discuss this with the school first.

The EHC Needs Assessment form is available to download (Form)

Your views and the views of your child are very important during this process.

All requests for an EHC Needs Assessment are considered by the BFfC Assessment Panel

If your request for a Needs Assessment is not successful your child will continue to receive support through the Graduated Approach. 

I am unhappy with my child's Education, Health and Care plan. Who can I talk to?

If you are unhappy with your child's Education, Health and Care Plan you can contact Reading IASSThey can advise you about the Independent Dispute and Resolution Service.

Reading IAAS (formerly Parent Partnership Service) - Contact information

T: 0118 937 3421 E:   W: Reading IASS