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Education and Health Care (EHC) plans - getting to grips with the SEND reforms

Legislation in 2014, chiefly the Children and Families Act, brought about major reforms for those working with children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). But even though schools have had the new system in place for four terms now, they’re still getting to grips with the move from statements of special educational needs (SEN) toEducation and Health Care (EHC) plans.    

On 1 September 2015, government announced it was amending the timescales for transferring pupils from statements to EHC plans. According to the Council for Disabled Children, this followed an announcement (in July 2015) made by Minister Edward Timpson to the Directors of Children’s Services.

The Minister said: “I have heard that the current timescales are putting a strain on the system that risks undermining the quality of person-centred assessment and EHC plans.

“We need to ensure the needs of children and young people are properly identified and met through the provision you put in place, and the processes enable you to undertake the task efficiently and to a high standard.”

To help you understand the changes to the timescales for transfer reviews, the umbrella body for the disabled children’s sector in England has produced a comprehensive and accessible briefing that outlines what this means in practice. Learn more about the transfer reviews.  

To support schools with section E in the EHC plans, the Delivering Better Outcomes Together consortium has produced a new resource on the development of outcomes. It covers key things to consider, such as making outcomes SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely) and enabling pupils to make good progress and negotiate transition points effectively.

Take a look at the free resource to find out what you need to consider when developing your pupils’ outcomes. 
Page Published: 14/01/2016