Education, Health and Care Plans

 

Is a powered wheelchair a special educational provision?

The key issue in an appeal to Upper Tribunal  in the case of East Sussex County Council V JC [2018} UKUT 81 (AAC) was whether a powered wheelchair is a special educational provision .  In this case a young person was reliant on a...

A look at the specificity question in EHCPs, how small is small?

It is well known that any education provision in an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) “must be so specific and clear as to leave no room for doubt as to what has been decided ” (L v Clarke and Somerset CC  1998) The SEND Code...

The new SEND pilot recommendations - what's it all about?

The Special Educational Needs and Disability (First-tier Tribunal Recommendations Power) Regulations 2017 are coming into force on 3 April 2018. The DfE states that the new 2-year national trial will ‘extend the power of the special educational needs...

Deadline for transfer of Statements to EHCPs fast approaching

Transferring children and young people from Statements of SEN to Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP) has been phased from the introduction of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms in September 2014 to the end of March 2018. By 1...

The Quantification and Specification again...

‘Provision in Section F of an EHCP must be so specific and clear as to leave no room for doubt as to what has been decided’. This is well known SEN case law (L v Clarke and Somerset CC (1998)) that should be ingrained in the training of all...

Joining up Education, Health and Social Care

The new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Pilot Regulations giving the SEND Tribunal the ability to made recommendations on health and/or social care aspects of the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) will apply to decisions made from 3...

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)...
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