Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans

An EHC Plan is a legal document prepared by the local authority that describes the specialist support children and young people with complex and long-term needs will require to make progress in their education and learning and to achieve their full potential.

The EHC plan:

  • applies to children and young people from birth to 25 years (if the person stays in education or training)
  • describes a child or young person’s strengths and needs
  • brings together in one place all the information about a child or young person and the support needed from education, health and social care
  • is designed in partnership with families to enable children and young people with complex and long-term needs to set their own goals for what they want to achieve, now and in the future
Developed by the Council for Disabled Children, an easy to follow short animation for parents, practitioners and others who want to quickly learn about the education health and care (EHC) planning process.

Address your request in writing to the City of London’s SEND EHC Caseworker, who will arrange for it to be considered by the SEND panel, a multi-agency panel of professionals from education, health and social care.

However, before you request an assessment we recommend you first talk to your child’s teacher about his or her needs and how they are being met. You may want to include the school or setting’s special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) in these discussions.

We will contact you to discuss your request and to explain what will happen next.

SEND Caseworker
Education and Early Years Service
City of London Corporation
PO BOX 270
Guildhall North Wing
London EC2P 2EJ

A small number of children do not make as much progress as they should after receiving additional support in their early years setting or school. They may need further, more significant and longer-term support.

If you think that your child may need this more significant level of support you can request that the City of London Education and Early Years Service carries out a formal assessment of your child's SEN. This is also sometimes called a Statutory Assessment.

All requests for formal assessments will be considered by the City of London and decided against consistent and rigorous criteria.

All requests will be decided against consistent and rigorous criteria which consider:

  • Whether your child has complex special educational needs and/or disability that affect their everyday life
  • Whether your child needs support that is not normally available in their school or setting
  • Whether your child needs intensive support from other services such as health and/or social care
  • What support is already in place under the Local Offer and what progress, if any, your child is making
  • Your child’s progress with the support he or she is currently receiving

We will inform you of the decision within six weeks of receiving the request.

Please note: Children or young people whose health or care needs are considered exceptional but whose educational needs can be met from the resources available to the school or setting, do not normally require an EHC plan.

We will inform you of the decision in writing and arrange to meet with you to:

  • Explain the assessment process and how you and your child will be fully involved
  • Discuss whether any additional information is required
  • Explain how this additional information will be collected
  • Arrange a meeting with you and the professionals working with you and your child to discuss your child’s strengths and needs and to agree outcomes to be achieved

If your son or daughter is over 16, we are required by law to inform them directly of our decision unless they have requested that you act on their behalf or if they are judged not to have the capacity to make their own decisions.

We will inform you of the decision in writing and arrange to meet with you and your child’s school or setting to discuss how your child’s needs will be met within the resources available to the school or setting and through the local offer.

We will also inform you of your right to appeal the decision to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal.

The purpose of the animations is to help explain the EHCP process and its important relationship with the Person Centred Connection.