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Annual review of an EHC plan

See our flowchart in the download section of this page. This explains the EHC Plan annual review process. Information in alternative languages is also provided in the download section of this page.

EHC Plans must be reviewed at least once a year. This is to make sure

  • the plans accurately describe a child or young person’s needs, and
  • the right support for them is in place.

A meeting is held as part of the review.

The child or young person’s school, nursery or college arranges the annual review in most cases. They will ask relevant professionals to attend or send up to date information about your child.

You and your child will be asked to give your views as part of the review. You can do this in writing if you want. You will also be invited to the review meeting.

Any reports about your child must be circulated at least two weeks before the meeting. This includes those submitted by parents.

After the review meeting

The child or young person’s school, nursery or college will send everyone a report of the meeting within two weeks. This should set out any recommended changes to the EHC plan

The report is considered by the local authority’s SEND Statutory Assessment and Review Service (SENDSARS). They will tell you what the outcome of the review is, within four weeks of the review meeting.

The outcome could be:

•           The EHC plan is suitable as it is (EHC plan is maintained)

•           The EHC plan needs updating (the EHC plan is amended)

•           The EHC plan should be ended as the child or young person no longer needs the specialist support it provides. (EHC plan ends)

If the local authority decides to update the plan, it will ask you to comment on the updates.

If the local authority thinks the EHC plan should be ended, it will consult the young person, family and school or college.

You have a right to mediation and to appeal to the SEND Tribunal if you are not happy with the outcome of the review.

For more detailed information about the annual review process, please download the document "EHCP Annual Reviews - guidance for education providers" from the "Downloads" box.

Last reviewed: 15/03/2021

Information owner: SEND Assessment and Review Service (SENDSARS)

Last Updated: 17/09/2021
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