What is an EHCP review?
Where a child or young person has an EHC Plan it must be reviewed at least once a year by the Local Authority (LA). This is to ensure that it stays up to date and continues to provide the support the child or young person needs. Where a child or young person is in an education setting, the annual review preparation and meeting is undertaken within the setting, and recommendations are sent to the special needs department (SENDACT) to consider on behalf of the LA.
If the child or young person is educated at home, then SENDACT will discuss best how to carry out the review.
EHCP’s have to be reviewed every 12 months, this means that the LA has to let the young person or parent/carer know their final decision within 12 months of the date of the last plan (this date is found on the front page of the EHCP).
The young person (when over 16) or parent/carer can ask for a review earlier than 12 months, the reasons for this could be that there are concerns about the support being provided or there is a change of school place being requested.
After the review, the LA will make one of three decisions:
1. To maintain the EHC plan in its current form (the review meeting recommendation is acknowledged with the intension of no changes to be made). If this decision is made, then the LA will write to the parent/carer or young person explaining this.
2. To amend the EHC plan (The LA will send out a “Proposed Amended EHCP” which details the changes made following the review, this will go to school and parents/carers (or young person if over 16). If everyone agrees with these changes, then the LA will send out a Final Amended EHCP with a new date on it.
3. To cease the EHC plan (a proposal to cease the plan as a result of it no longer being required) – See “What happens to my EHCP”.
If you do not agree with the changes, there is an opportunity given to the parent/carer or young person over 16 to comment on the proposed changes and discuss them with SENDACT.
If you still do not agree with the decision the LA has made, you can make an appeal against their decision. The details about how to do this will be in the letter that comes with the Final EHCP. This must be done within 2 months from the date of the decision you are appealing.