Education, Health and Care plan are not intended to stay with a young person for the rest of their life. This section explains more about when an Education, Health and Care plan may cease (end).

Before the Local Authority makes a decision about ceasing an Education, Health and Care plan it must:

  • Inform the child’s parent or the young person that it is considering this
  • Consult the child’s parent or the young person
  • Consult the school or other institution that is named in the EHC plan

9.205. DfE (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice

Making good progress

Should a child or young person be assessed as not needing the special educational provision specified in the EHC plan their Education, Health and Care plan may no longer be necessary, in which case the Local Authority will request to cease to maintain it.   Before making this decision the Local Authority must take account of whether the education or training outcomes specified in the EHC plan have been achieved. Normally the Annual Review would show whether the Education, Health and Care plan was still necessary and a decision by the Local Authority would be made following the review.

'The circumstances where a local authority may determine that it is no longer necessary for the EHC plan to be maintained include where the child or young person no longer requires the special educational provision specified in the EHC plan'

9.200 DfE (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice

 

Leaving Education

At some point a young person may choose to leave education and at this point an Education, Health and Care plan may no longer be necessary and the Local Authority will request to cease to maintain the plan.

If a young person has an Education, Health and Care plan and is under compulsory school age (under 18) the Local Authority must not cease the Education, Health and Care plan unless it is decided the special educational needs provision made for the child is not necessary. There should be efforts to re-engage the young person with education and their Education, Health and Care plan should be reviewed if they take up education again.

 

Going to University

If a young person enters higher education (for example University) then it will no longer be necessary for the Local Authority to maintain their Education, Health and Care plan and the Local Authority will request to cease the plan.

 

Instead support for the young person should come from the University’s Disabled Student Services and Disabled Student Allowance.

 

Finding Employment

If a young person aged 16 or over leaves education to take up paid employment (including employment with training but excluding apprenticeships) then it will no longer be necessary for the Local Authority to maintain their Education, Health and Care plan and the Local Authority will request to cease the plan.

 
Turning 25 years old

Education, Health and Care plans are not intended to stay with a young person throughout their adulthood. Focusing on the Preparing for Adulthood Outcomes, an Education, Health and Care plan should support a young person to reach their outcomes and make an effective transition into adulthood.

A local authority must not cease an EHC plan simply because a young person is aged 19 or over. Young people with EHC plans may need longer in education or training in order to achieve their outcomes and make an effective transition into adulthood. However, this position does not mean that there is an automatic entitlement to continued support at age 19 or an expectation that those with an EHC plan should all remain in education until age 25.

9.151  DfE (2015) Special educational needs and disability code of practice

If a young person is turning 25, has an Education, Health and Care plan and is on an academic course their plan will not cease until the end of the academic year, or the day before they turn 26 (which ever comes first).

 

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If you are a young person, parent or carer and you think you might need some further information, advice or support contact Supportive Parents, Bristol's SEND Information, Advice and Support service.

 

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Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.