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About education, health and care plans

If you feel your school’s SEND programme is unable to support the needs of the young person, you can request a more detailed education, health and care assessment. 

This assessment could lead to an education and health care plan (EHC plan).  

What an EHC plan does 

  • details exactly what the special needs are 

  • reflects the choices and ambitions of the young person 

  • sets out what support is needed to meet the outcomes of your plan 

  • includes health and care needs where they’ll support the child’s education 

Who can request an EHC plan 

  • parents 

  • young person between 16 and 25 years old 

  • someone who works in a school or post 16 education

Before requesting an assessment 

How to apply for an EHC assessment

Apply for an EHC assessment here

What is involved in the EHC process

See the full EHC process