In September 2014 changes were introduced to help support children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). An Education, Health and Care plan will replace SEN statements. Eligibility for the EHC is similar to the SEN statement but with one significant difference.—there is an expansion in the age range (0-25 years).
The EHC planning pathway is different to the statement process as there is more emphasis on gathering information from across the services at the point of referral.
The family is more involved in the planning process and a plan is produced which is more outcome focused and family friendly. This family centered approach can produce better plans as they will enable professionals to gain a better understanding of the child. The EHC process is more holistic as it allows family life to be built into the plan. It also allows for more joined up thinking between different agencies.
By Spring 2018 all SEN statements should be replaced by EHC plans. Existing statements will remain in place until a "Transition Review" is held. This is usually done at the point of transfer, for example to secondary school. Education, Health and Care Plans.
EHCs focus on what the child or young person wants to achieve and the support needed to obtain this. The LA has the legal duty to secure the educational provision detailed in the plan. The local health care provider has the legal duty to "arrange" the health care provision detailed in the plan, All EHCs will be tailored to meet the child's needs and so each one will be different. All agencies who contribute to the plan will be able to see the information in the plan. There is a focus on outcomes and not outputs.
Castle Wood Process
All children with statements will have annual reviews. In the Spring term of Year 5 a transition Coffee Morning is held where representatives of Secondary Schools share information about their school.
The Year 5 Annual Review is held in the Summer Term. At this meeting, we go through the SEN statement, ensuring it is up to date. A Family Conversation is also held with our Learning Mentor, so that the views of the family are represented. Following this meeting a key member of staff will ascertain the views of the child.
The Transition review will take place in the Autumn Term. Parents will have received a copy of the Family Conversation and the draft Transition Review paperwork.
All agencies who are involved with the child are invited to the meeting and asked for their views. The focus of the meeting is on the needs of the child and the outcomes. Family, school and all agencies involved have input to the plan.
The draft plan will be sent to you within 14 weeks of completing the transitional review and then completed within 18 weeks. Once we know which school the child will attend we will arrange meetings with the new staff so that they can meet the child and vital information can be passed on. During the Summer term of Year 6 the child has opportunities to visit the secondary schools.
The Transition Review is a meeting where we will go through the Statement, Family Conversation and My Views with particular reference to the secondary school transition. This meeting is where we will look at what the Education, Health and care Plan transfer process will mean for you and it is where you can state your preferences for the secondary school you would like your child to attend. There will be discussions about how your child is doing at school and different aspects of the EHC and what it will look like. You are welcome to have independent support attend this meeting.
Help and advice
You can call contact the family helpline for advice and support.
Contact a Family helpline email@example.com Telephone: 0808 808 3555
Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm
IPSEA advice line
Telephone: 0800 018 4016
Monday to Thursday, 10am to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm
Friday, 1pm to 4pm
Grapevine (Registered Office) 123 Upper
Spon Street, Spon End, Coventry CV1 3BQ.
Tel: 024 7663 1040