Education, Health and Care Plans


New SEND Pilot Regulations - imminent changes ahead

Changes to SEND Tribunal appeals Following on from our news story in October 2017 when the Minister of State for Children and Families, Robert Goodwill, announced the expansion of powers of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, we are...

Changing school and the 15 February deadline

If your child has special educational needs (SEN), then 15 February has significant meaning – this is the date by when the local authority (LA) must issue a new Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or Statement of SEN for children who are moving on...

Are we nearly there yet?

Full transition to EHCPs to be completed by 31 March 2018

Local Authorities are under a statutory duty to transfer all children and young adults with Statements of Special Educational Needs (SEN) who are eligible for an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to the new SEND system by 31 March 2018. The transition process should involve detailed assessments (in most cases), a meeting with parents, professionals and the Local Authority (LA) and drafting a new Plan. The process should take no more than 20 weeks. We are now 10 weeks away from the deadline – are LAs nearly there yet?

Can home/school transport be included in an Education, Health and Care Plan?

It is well established that home to school transport cannot be considered a special educational need or special educational provision and cannot, therefore, be included in an EHCP. The recent case of Staffordshire County Council v JM [2016] UKUT 0246 (AAC)...

Local Authority's duty to consult over the summer break

We had an interesting enquiry recently about the local authority’s (LA) duty to seek advice over the summer holidays when it is drafting an  Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) . The enquiry referred to the ‘4-week rule’. What is...

Inclusive teaching and learning in higher education

Once a young adult turns 18 they are no longer legally required to participate in education.  However, the Education, Health and Care Plan  (EHCP)  can now provide support to young adults until they are 25 years old provided their learning...

School exclusions and Special Educational Needs

Pupils who have special educational needs (SEN) support, including those children with  Education, Heath and Care Plans  (EHCP), have the highest exclusion rate in the UK. The Department for Education found that children with SEN are over 7 times...

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 - Living with dyslexia

What do Winston Churchill, Agatha Christie, Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver have in common? All of these successful celebrities were diagnosed with  dyslexia ! Dyslexia Action reports that one in 10 people are dyslexic, more than 6.3 million people...

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 - What are the benefits of a SEN school?

Choosing a new school for your child can be one of the most stressful decisions you will have to make as a parent. But for parents with children who have special educational needs, this decision becomes even more challenging. It is a question of suitability...

Dyslexia Awareness Week 2016 - Children who require an EHCP for dyslexia

All state schools are required by law (Equality Act 2010) to ensure that special help is provided for children with special educational needs, such as dyslexia. This often includes additional one- to-one support with a Teaching Assistant or additional time...
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