An Education Health Care Plan is written by the authority when a request is made. A request must show that your child is in need of 'extensive support' (above that which available in the school funds), in order to access the curriculum and meet their potential. Usually your child will also need specialist support in school from a professional outside the school. This may be from:
- Local Authority central services such as the ASD Outreach Team or Sensory Service ( for students with a hearing or visual need)
- Outside agencies such as the Speech and Language therapy (SALT) Service.
For your child this would mean:
- The school (or you) can request that the Local Authority carry out a assessment of your child's needs. This is a legal process which sets out the amount of support that will be provided for your child.
- After the school have sent in the request to the Local Authority (with a lot of information about your child, including some from you), they will decide whether they think your child's needs (as described in the paperwork provided), seem complex enough to need a statutory assessment. If this is the case they will ask you and all professionals involved with your child to write a report outlining your child's needs. If they do not think your child needs this, they will ask the school to continue with the support at 'extensive' level
- After the reports have all been sent in the Local Authority will decide if your child's needs are severe, complex and lifelong and that they need a very high level of support in school to make good progress. If this is the case they will write an EHC Plan.
- The EHC Plan will outline the number of hours of individual/small group support your child will receive from the LA and how the support should be used and what strategies must be put in place. It will also have long and short term goals for your child.
- An additional adult may be used to support your child with whole class learning, run individual programmes or run small groups including your child.
This type of support is available for children whose learning needs are:
- Severe, complex and lifelong
- Need a very high level of support