If it's agreed that an EHCP is necessary (weeks 16-20)

If the local authority decide to issue an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), they will send a a draft plan to you, along with all reports collected during the assessment process.

You will have 15 days to comment on the draft plan. You will be offered a Proposed Plan Meeting. This meeting is to discuss the content of the draft EHCP, including the outcomes for your child or young person. At this meeting you can put forward your suggestions for amendments or additions to the EHC plan.

At that point you will also be able to request a specific school, or other setting, you want your child to attend. This could be a mainstream school or special school.

Your local authority then speaks to your chosen school, college or other place of learning to discuss your child’s needs and the support in the EHCP. This is called a consultation. The school or college should respond to this consultation within fifteen days.

The local authority will then finalise the plan and name a school or school type. Your local authority has 20 weeks from the date they receive the request for EHC needs assessment to issue the final EHCP to you.