Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and EHC plans replace statements of special educational needs and learning Difficulty Assessments (LDA’s) for people with the most complex needs, from birth up to the age of 25.
Most children young people with special educational needs (SEN) will have their needs met in local mainstream early years settings, schools or colleges. All education settings should use their best endeavours to meet the needs of children and young people with SEN.
Kirklees Council has provided a written guide to schools which gives a description of what sort of things should be done to help children with SEN in mainstream schools in Kirklees. This can be found HERE
Some children and young people may not make the expected progress, even when the right action has been taken by their education setting. These children and young people may need an EHC assessment.
An EHC assessment involves a process of gathering information from the relevant people, including the views, interests and aspirations of the parents and child or young person.
An EHC assessment will help the council decide whether they need to make special educational provision through an EHC plan. When deciding whether an EHC plan is needed the council will take into account whether the special educational needs of the child or young person can be reasonably met from resources normally available to mainstream early year providers, schools and post -16 institutions.
If the council decides that an EHC plan is necessary, the information gathered for the EHC assessment will help the council put together an EHC plan. An EHC plan will include the following information:
• The child or young person’s SEN
• Outcomes across education, health & social care
• The special education provision needed and how it will be provided
• Health and/or social care needs and provision which are related to the child or young person’s SEN
• The name and type of education setting
• Personal budget information
An EHC assessment will not always lead to an EHC plan. The information gathered through an EHC assessment may help to decide how the education setting can meet the child or young person’s special educational needs without an EHC plan.
The whole EHC assessment process from when a request is made to when a final EHC plan is issued must be completed within 20 weeks: