An EHC plan is a legal document which describes a child or young person’s educational, health and social care needs and sets out the specialist provision required to meet those needs and achieve agreed long-term outcomes. It is issued by the local authority after an EHC needs assessment.
Most children and young people with SEN do not need an EHC plan and can be supported though a system called SEN Support. EHC plans are for a small minority of children and young people (less than three per cent) who need more support for their SEN than a mainstream school can normally provide through existing resources.
Special schools and Integrated Resources only admit pupils with EHC plans. However, an EHC plan does not necessarily mean that a child will need a specialist placement; many pupils with EHC plans are successfully supported in mainstream schools.
For more information about the EHC needs assessment process, requesting a Personal Budget, the annual review process and what to do if you disagree with a decision, please click on the links below.