If you are a parent of a child in education, then you don’t need anyone stating how difficult this past year has been. After nearly a year of lockdowns and changes in the way your child or young person (‘child’ for rest of the blog) is being taught, you will be more than aware of … Continue reading Top Tips for sharing concerns with your child’s school
Happy New Year from the SENDIAS team! Here we are in 2021 and I'm sure you will join us in hoping that this year will be better than the one just gone - for many reasons, and for many people. Last year seemed to be crammed full of information - about all different subjects, not … Continue reading ‘Top Tips’ series for 2021
If you have a child in year 5, with an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP), you will have recently received a letter from SENAT (Special Educational Needs Assessment Team) asking you to let them know your school preference for year 7. Or perhaps you are expecting or have just received your draft EHC Plan … Continue reading Choosing a school – for those with EHCPs
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
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?