Guidance on Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans
An EHC plan identifies a child's special educational needs, together with health and social care provisions when these services are involved.
You can read more about EHC Assessments or contact our EHC teams for further support - email is the best way, but our helplines are available for urgent queries from Monday to Friday, 10am to 3pm:
- Assessment team: [email protected]
- Annual review team: [email protected]
- Provision and Placement Team: [email protected]
Post 16 EHC guidance
Young people must be at the centre of planning, and they should be worked with to develop co-ordinated approaches securing better outcomes. They must be invited to every PEP and Annual Review to provide their perspective when planning a transition to adulthood.
A shared vision and strategy should be developed which focuses on aspirations and outcomes utilising information from EHC Plans, PEPs, and other planning. It should anticipate the needs of the young person ensuring there are pathways into employment, independent living, participation in society, and good health.
From Year 9 and every review thereafter the EHC Plan review must focus on preparing for adulthood. Young people should be supported to exercise choice and control over their lives. This includes preparing for adulthood outcomes which are:
- Moving into paid employment or higher education
- Independent living
- Having friends, and being a part of a community
- Being as healthy as possible
Decision making rights
After statutory school age (16) the young person has the right to make requests and decisions. They are granted several rights regarding their EHC Plans. Their ability to express these should be managed with care. They include:
- Request a statutory EHC assessment until they turn 25
- Make representations about the content of their EHC Plan
- Request a particular institution is named in their EHC Plan
- Request a personal budget for elements of their EHC Plan
- Appeal to the First Tier SEN Tribunal service
Choosing a Post 16 pathway
Last updated 22 February 2024