There have been quite a few changes over the past few weeks in terms of who can go to school and when. Here is a current guide on those changes (as of 19th June 2020) Priority Groups Education and childcare settings have already been open to priority groups (vulnerable children and children of critical workers). … Continue reading Returning to Education and Childcare – who for and when?
Introduction to Annual Reviews All children and young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan must have an annual review and is a process that must happen by law. According to the CoP 2015 EHC Plans must: be reviewed by the local authority as a minimum every 12 months.focus on the child or young … Continue reading Reviewing an EHC Plan (also known as Annual Reviews)
A joint ministerial letter from the Department of Health & Social Care and the Department of Education was issued on the 30th April 2020, to all children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), their parents/carers and families, and others who support them. The letter sets out a temporary change to the … Continue reading Guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) & EHC Need Assessments & Plans
You have been through the EHC needs Assessment and have just received your draft EHC Plan - now what? Timescales If the Local Authority agree that an EHC Plan is needed, they must send the draft EHC plan (including the appendices containing the advice and information gathered during the EHC needs assessment) to the child’s … Continue reading How to check your draft EHC Plan – guidance for parents
We are aware that there is a lot of information circulating at the moment so we want to keep this blog short but wanted to highlight a letter that was issued on 24th March 2020 by Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families as well as signpost you to the local … Continue reading COVID-19 and EHCPs
-for those without an Education, Health & Care Plan For those parents who are waiting to hear about school places for September 2020 (secondary, primary, infant or junior) the date is fast approaching, so we thought it might be helpful to have a reminder of the key dates. Please note: if your child or young … Continue reading School Place Offers
Part-time timetables – what are they and when are they lawful? Another issue we are often contacted about here at SENDIAS is the use by schools of part-time timetables (also referred to as reduced timetables). Here we are going to look at what children and young people are entitled to in terms of education, if … Continue reading Jan blog – Part Time Timetables
Exclusions is a subject that we receive a lot of calls and emails about at SENDIASS and last week we presented a Webinar on the subject. We included information about the different types of exclusions, when exclusions should be used (and when not), what you should be able to lawfully expect if your child has … Continue reading School Exclusions
How to apply for an Education, Health & Care Needs Assessment and what to include. Some children and young people with special educational needs may need more support than a mainstream education setting (schools, colleges, nurseries) can offer and may need to have an Education Health Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) to work out how much … Continue reading Dec Blog – How to apply for an EHC Needs Assessment.
When should I start thinking about an EHC Plan? Is your child struggling at school and you are wondering about asking for an EHC Plan (EHCP)? Perhaps you’ve heard people speaking about an EHC needs Assessment (EHCNA) and would like to know more? This month’s blog explains what these are and when you should consider … Continue reading Nov Blog – When should I start thinking about an EHC Plan?