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If the draft EHC Plan is approved by Panel, we will send this to you. You will then have 15 days to comment on the plan and make suggestions for amendments. You can contact the Assessment Officer to discuss it further it that would be helpful.
The draft plan will not contain the name of the school or setting that your child will attend, but at this point you can request a specific setting or school. This could be
- a mainstream school
- a special school
The Local Authority will consult this school on your behalf to make sure that the school can meet your child’s special educational needs.
Once the EHC Plan is finalised, the final plan will record the type of setting and the name of the school that your child will attend along with details of any funding that is provided through the plan.
The period from issuing a draft paln to issuing a final plan should be around 4 weeks. By law a final EHCP must be issued within 20 weeks of the initial request for assessment.
To comply with the statutory regulations an EHCP must contain the following sections (as set out on the IPSEA website):
- Section A: the views, interests and aspirations of the child and his parents or the young person;
- Section B: the child or young person’s special educational needs (SEN);
- Section C: health care needs which relate to their SEN;
- Section D: social care needs which relate to their SEN or to a disability ;
- Section E: the outcomes sought for the child or young person;
- Section F: the special educational provision required to meet their SEN;
- Section G: any health care provision reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities which result in the child or young person having SEN;
- Section H: any social care provision required from social services under the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, and/or reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities which result in the child or young person having SEN;
- Section I: the name of the school or other institution to be attended by the child or young person, and the type of that institution (or just the type if no specific institution is named);
- Section J: details of any direct payment which will be made;
- Section K: copies of all of the advice and information obtained as part of the EHC needs assessment.
Additionally, if your child is in or above year 9, the the EHCP must also include details of the provision required by the child to help with preparation for adulthood and independent living.
The Council for Disabled Children has examples of good practice in the production of EHCPs.