From 1 September 2014, Statements of Special Educational Need (SEN) will be replaced by Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans. The new EHC Plan will give the same statutory protection, but now cover from birth to age 25 and will extend the rights to young people in further education and training, including apprenticeships, who currently have a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA).
All new requests to assess, from 1 September onwards, will be undertaken as EHC Plan needs assessments.
What the changes mean to you and your family
The reforms represent a transformation in the way that support will be provided. They will bring new opportunities for all education providers to reconsider the arrangements they make for children and young people who may have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. The principles of the reform are as follows:
- High expectations and aspirations for what young people can achieve.
- Aspirations of young people and their parents and carers that are placed at the centre of everything we do.
- Early identification of needs, and integrated early help.
- Integrated assessment and planning from 0–25, focused on long-term outcomes, bringing together education, health and care support.
- High-quality provision organised with clear pathways and providing choice and control to families.
- Excellent outcomes achieved through the knowledge, skills and attitude of everyone working with children and young people.
An EHC assessment looks at life beyond education and brings the different services together.
If you/your child need an EHC Plan, this will be produced jointly with you and your family, and those working with you such as school and health professionals. It will outline what is important to you and what you think will help support you/your child.
Converting existing Statement of SEN and LDAs
Replacing existing statements of SEN and LDAs with an EHC Plan will be gradual. The changes will be phased in over the next couple of years, please see the downloadable Transition Plan below.
The Personalised Pathway
The Personalised Pathway illustrates the steps and timescales in the assessment and planning process and can be accessed through the related links on the right hand side of this page. The Local Offer is an important step in the Pathway because it will signpost the levels of support and provision available to children and young people with or without an EHC Plan and should therefore always be considered as the first step in the Pathway.
Further information will be published on the Local Offer and the SEN pages of the Sheffield City Council website over the coming weeks as the new process is implemented.
EHC Transition Plan
The EHC Transition Plan can be accessed using the related links on the right hand side of this page.