What is an Education Health and Care Plan?
An Education Health and Care (EHC) plan is a legal document which describes a young person’s needs, what provision will meet those needs and which school or education setting this child or young person should attend.
The government has said that the Plan must be person centred, focusing on the needs and aspirations of the child. EHC Plans will continue into further education and training, and for some young people up to the age of 25.
An EHC Plan will replace current Statements of SEN and Learning Difficulty Assessments.
Who will have an EHC plan?
An Education, Health and Care plan will be available to children or young people have a need for special education which cannot be reasonably provided within the resources normally available to mainstream education settings. This is the same as the threshold for statements used to be.
Children and young people have to be between 0 and 25, and in education or training (not university), or wanting to remain in education.
Accessing a Education, Health and Care Plan in Newcastle
(You can see the Education, Health and Care Plan documentation, linked in the download section of this page)
To request a Education Health and Care plan for someone who has never had a statement and find out timescales, please take a look at Requesting an new education, health and care plan
To understand the process and find the time lines for someone moving from a statment to an EHC plan, see Moving from statements to Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans
Children and young people who don’t meet the criteria for the EHC Plan should be able to use the Local Offer to help them meet their needs. For help identifying alternative services, support or activities, take a look at the Local Offer here
There is independent support available to families relating to Education Health and Care Plans