Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans)
EHC Plans have replaced Statements of SEN for Children and Learning Difficulties Assessments (LDAs) for Young People with Special Educational needs, from 1 September 2014.
An EHC plan can only be issued after a child or young person has gone through the process of EHC Needs Assessment (Statutory Assessment)
For further information on the new SEN code of practice and the Statutory Assessment Process, please see our SEND Code of Practice page.
Children transitioning from Existing Statements to an EHC Plan
From 1 September 2014, Children with existing Statements will start the process of transitioning to an EHC plan. There is a timetable for transition, and each Local Authority must publish their transition plan on their website.
All children will have to undergo an EHC needs assessment before an EHC plan can be finalised. Statements of SEN will remain in force until the transition to an EHC plan has been completed. All children with Statements of SEN must have completed the transition process by 1 April 2018.
It is anticipated that all children with a current statement will be transitioned to an EHC plan, unless there has been a change in their individual needs which mean that they no longer need the same level of support.
Young People transitioning from Existing LDAs to an EHC Plan
If a young person has an LDA they can request an EHC needs assessment at any time from 1 September 2014. If the Local Authority refuses this request, then they can appeal to the SEND tribunal. All Young People will have to undergo an EHC needs assessment before an EHC plan can be finalised.
The expectation is that all young people with existing LDAs who remain in education or training, will transition to an EHC plan. Subject to annual review, plans will remain in place until age 25 provided that the young person remains in education or training.
All young people with existing LDAs must have completed this transition process by 1 September 2016.
Moving from School Action and School Action Plus to SEN Support
Schools will start to review pupils on School Action and School Action plus with a view to transferring them to the new SEN support category. Schools are expected to transfer children to SEN support by the end of the Spring Term 2015.