How can I get the most out of my plan?
The Family Services Co-ordinator at the local authority will issue a draft EHC plan using the evidence gathered from the needs assessment and the information given in the family views form. You can ask for a meeting, see our information about 'co-production'.
Whilst the plan is in draft form, you will have 15 days to suggest any changes you would like to be considered. Once the local authority have received these they should issue a final plan as soon as possible, whether or not they agree with your proposed changes.
All identified special educational needs must be specified, and the EHC plan should also include arrangements for setting and monitoring shorter term targets towards outcomes.
Provision must be detailed, specific and quantified within in an EHC plan. This means that it should be clear to parents, young people, and schools/providers what it is expected will be achieved with the provision, and who has to do what, when, and how often.
When reading through the draft plan there are a few things to consider in order to get the best possible final plan.
- Check that all the indentified SEN are included in section B of the plan. Cross-reference with the specialist advice/reports (educational psychology, occupational/speech & language therapist etc)
- Check that each identified ‘need’ (section B) has a corresponding ‘provision’ (sections F, G H1 & H2).
- Section F should contain anything which 'educates' or 'trains' your child, for example this might include occupational or speech & language therapies, or travel training.
- Read the IPSEA EHC plan checklist for more detailed advice about what a plan should contain.
The outcomes should be SMART and provision specific