Education Health and Care Plan

We are delighted that Education, Health and Care Plans are replacing statements for special educational needs and 139A Learning Difficulties Assessments for young people in post 16 education providers . Following the implementation of the SEND reforms from September 2014 this transfer process has been underway. The Education, Health and Care Plans gather the views of children, young people, parents and professionals to gain a clear view of the child's needs.

The City of York Council's SEN team have produced some guidance Transition Plan for new SEND Reforms 2014 - 2015 giving an overview of the transition plan for the new SEND reforms aimed at both professionals and parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities.

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We have included some helpful leaflets, aimed at young people, for you to download on the right hand side of this page. The leaflets explain the changes to Special Educational Needs and Disability support, including the Education, Health and Care plans. You can also view the leaflets by clicking on the links below.


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What are Education Health and Care (EHC) plans and how do I get one?

The purpose of an EHC Plan is to make special educational provision to meet the special educational needs of children and young people (between the ages of 0 to 25 years) to secure the best possible outcomes for them across education, health and social care and as they get older, prepare them for adulthood.

If a child or young person already has a statement of SEN or a Learning Difficulties Assessment (LDA or 139a) then the application for an EHC Plan will be made through a transfer review. This will be held within the educational setting the child or young person attends. Not all children and young people will get an EHC Plan this year as the transfer progress will be staggered over the next 3 years. This is to ensure all the plans are well written and meet the needs of the individual child or young person. Parents will be informed of when to expect the transfer review for their child or young person in early September 2014.

The version of the EHC Plan available in the downloads is an interactive one with separate parts that can be inserted for some of the sections. The template has been designed to be easy to use, fully flexible, but to retain consistent structure to meet the needs of a wide age and ability range. The sections are colour-coded to help you find your way round. If you are using an iPad or other tablet you may find you are unable to open the interactive document, if this is the case there is a non interactive version available to download. There is also a PDF of the final plan so that you can see what a complete plan looks like.


My child doesn't have an Education Health and Care plan, but I think they should.

If parent or school consider a child or young person to have a special educational need or disability then a co-ordinated assessment of their needs should be undertaken by the educational setting. A multi-agency planning meeting should be held to pull together all the information about the child or young person and a 'My Support Plan' drawn up. The 'My Support Plan' should then be implemented and reviewed. If the multi-agency team decide that higher level of support is required for the child or young person then a request for an EHC needs assessment is made to the local authority. The views, wishes and aspirations of the child, young person and their family are an integral part of this assessment process and they should be consulted at every step of this process.

A parent or young person (over the age of 16) can also request an EHC needs assessment themselves by contacting the local authority through the SEN Team.


Single Route of Redress - National Trial

The Government have extended the powers of the SEND Tribunal to make non-binding recommendations about the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care Plans. This is a two-year trial from April 2018. For more information please see the link above and the information on the power point below:

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I am unhappy with my child's Education, Health and Care plan. Who can I talk to?

If you are unhappy with your child's Education, Health and Care Plan you can contact York Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information, Advice and Support Services Team (SENDIASS). They can advise you about the Independent Dispute and Resolution Service.

York S.E.N And Disability Information, Advice & Support Service(formerly Parent Partnership Service) - Contact information

T: 01904 554312


Right to appeal

For more information about appealing EHC Plans, follow the link to read all about the rights parents and young people have regarding Tribunals- Parents and young people's right to appeal to the Tribunal about EHC Plans.