‘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 and social care and, as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.’

9.2.  DfE (2015) Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice

From 1 September 2014, Education, Health and Care Plans were introduced across England as part of the SEND Reforms. They are statutory plans and are starting to replace Statements of Special Educational Needs. All children who have a statement of special educational needs will be transferred to an Education, Health and Care plan by April 2018.

Find out about converting to an Education, Health and Care plan.

Non Statutory Plans are non-legal documents.  In the context of special educational needs in Bristol, SEN Support Plans are non statutory plans.  There is no legal test for an SEN Support plan; anyone can have one if it is thought to be appropriate.  SEN Support plans should be followed.

Statutory Plans are legal documents.  In the context of special educational needs  Education, Health and Care plans are statutory plans. What is written in an Education, Health and Care plan must be followed and there is a legal test to decide whether an Education, Health and Care plan is appropriate for a child or young person.

 

Education, Health and Care plans are for children and young people who are in education, up to age 25 years old who have significant special educational needs that affects their learning. The plans help coordinate the support available to the child or young person and their families across their education, health and social care needs. From the age of 14 Education, Health and Care plans include the Preparing for Adulthood outcomes.

Find out about Preparing for Adulthood outcomes.

 

The Education, Health and Care plan must take no longer than 20 weeks to issue from when a request for an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment has been received by the Local Authority.

 

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Next page: Before applying for an Education, Health and Care plan

 

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.  For information and support through the EHCP process contact KIDS, Bristol's Independent Support Service.

 

This page has information for residents in the City of Bristol.  Find out about what other Local Authorities do.

 Last Update 1 December 2016 by Findability Team.