Education, health and care needs assessments


1. Asking for an assessment

If you are concerned that your child’s Special Educational Needs (SEN) are not being met through SEN support, discuss your concerns with your child’s school or setting.

All schools have a special educational needs co-ordinator (SENCO). They can discuss your concerns with you, including whether or not a request for an assessment for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan is needed.

Nationally, less than 3% of children and young people aged 0 to 25 have an EHC plan. These are the children and young people with the most complex needs. Most children with SEN are supported by their local nursery, school or college without an EHC plan.

SEN support can take many forms including:

If you feel that your child is not making progress despite high quality SEN support you or your nursery, school or college can ask for an EHC needs assessment.

We’ll do an assessment if

  • your child has special educational needs and
  • it may be necessary for the local authority to make provision for your child within an EHC plan.

Who can ask for an assessment?

  • the parent of a child under 16
  • a young person 16 to 25 (or their parent on their behalf)
  • an early years setting, school, college or training provider

How to ask

Email or call 01273 336740.

We’ll let you know within 6 weeks if we’ll do an EHC needs assessment.

Advice and support

See the Guide to EHC needs assessment process

For independent advice contact Amaze SENDIASS.

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