The EHCP Minefield
Working in the Education Sector alongside Tutors and Teachers, we often get asked our advice and guidance on the EHCP(Education, Health and Care Plan) process and how best to ensure a child’s Special Educational Needs (SEN)are met sufficiently
Below are a 4 things we think everyone should know before you apply for an EHCP:-
Every school gets a SEN budget to spend within the school to help and support their pupils. This is normally managed by the Head Teacher or the school SEN-CO. If you have concerns, the first step would be to arrange a meeting with them and ask them to create an Individual Education Plan (IEP)
Contrary to popular belief, you do not need a diagnosis in place to apply for an EHCP. Getting a diagnosis can be a timely process, so as long as you can show that your child needs more support than you are receiving, to meet their needs, then why wait!
Parents can apply for an EHCP themselves. Of course having the support from the school or nursery to apply or help you apply, is preferential, but it’s not essential.
4. SOS SEN
There are a number of organisations that will help you initiate the EHCP and will give you guidance at every stage of the EHCP process.
We always recommend SOS SEN as your first port of call. Fantastic advice and free of charge-02085383731