EHC Plans - schools

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans are legally binding. A request for an EHC Needs Assessment is made where a child does not make expected progress following the Assess/Plan/Do/Review cycle and the special educational provision required cannot reasonably be provided from within the resources normally available to their educational setting.

Family conversation

If the discussion suggests that an assessment is needed then the family conversation should be completed. For children under five this is likely to be done with nursery staff or perhaps a health professional. The completed family conversation is submitted to the local authority and we must decide within six weeks whether to carry out the assessment.

View and download the template for a Family Conversation for EHC needs assessment

Parents and carers can also write directly to us to request the assessment. We'll still need to complete the family conversation with a professional who knows the parent/carer and the child well to make sure we have all the information available to make the right decision.

You can read more about the statutory assessment and EHC plans process on our Local Offer pages.