Local Offer - Special Educational Need Support Services

Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCP)

Assessment of Young Person

Any professional working to support your child can request that the Local Authority (LA) carries out an Education, Health and Care Needs (EHCP) Assessment. Requests are most often made by the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) or the Head Teacher of your child’s education setting, but can be made at any time from birth to the age of 25.  You can talk to any of the people who support your child about an assessment and, if they agree that an assessment is needed, they should sit down with you to complete the request form.  

The criteria for statutory assessment can be found below.

Criteria for statutory assessment for children and young people with a visual impairment

Criteria for statutory assessment for children with speech language and communication needs (SLCN)

Criteria for statutory assessment for children with physical disabilities

Criteria for statutory assessment for children with severe learning difficulties

Criteria for statutory assessment for children with complex social communication difficulties - autism ASD

Criteria for statutory assessment for children with moderate learning difficulties

Criteria for statutory assessment for children with a hearing impairment or deaf .

You or your child can also make a request for an assessment by writing to the SEN Assessment and Review Team. Please get in touch by using the key information on the left hand side.


The local authority has to decide whether or not an EHC needs assessment should be undertaken and decisions are made on the basis of the information and evidence provided and the circumstances of each individual child.


The educational setting or parents/carers will be asked to state clearly the reasons for the request and submit written information which will include:

  • Parent/carer recorded views (Our Story) and, where appropriate, those of the child (My Views) on the graduated approach to assessment and any action and support to date.
  • Copies of personal plans indicating the approaches adopted, the monitoring arrangements followed, reviews and educational outcomes.
  • Evidence of health checks and any relevant medical advice offered to the early years setting, school or college.
  • Evidence of the involvement of other external professionals with relevant specialist knowledge.
  • Information relating to any involvement of Social Care.

An EHC needs assessment will be carried out if the Local Authority believes that it is necessary to determine a child’s special educational provision rather than the setting determining this on its own. If you would like your child or young person assessed please complete the relevant form:

  • For Early years (Age 0-5) please click here  (PDF,535.61KB,17 Pages)
  • For Post 16 (Age 16-25) please click here (PDF,576.07KB,16 Pages) 
  • For Primary (Age 5-11) please click here (PDF,518.49KB,16 Pages)
  • For Secondary (Age 11-16) please click here (PDF,530.18KB,16 Pages)

If after your assessment you wish to appeal more information about this can be found here.  


Education, Health and Care Needs assessment questionnaire.

Following your child’s assessment we seek your feedback via a questionnaire. To view the questionnaire click here. This process enables us to improve our service that we offer. The results are published on a monthly basis. To view the feedback from the autumn term please click here.


 EHCP Reviews

  • Reviews are an important opportunity to take stock. A good review will celebrate what is going well in the child or young person’s life, and consider anything that is not going so well.
  • The family and the child or young person are most important throughout the review process. It is possible to have a good review, even if things are not going so well. A good review is one where:
      • The child or young person’s voice is heard and taken into account when decisions are made.
      • The family and child or young person have a say about the invitation list, the venue, and the type of support they may need.  
      • Professionals, families and children or young people have an equal voice and an equal say during the meetings.
      • Anyone who cannot attend gives a legitimate reason – and no-one turns up at reviews unannounced.
      • If a professional cannot make the date and the family and child or young person think that person is critical to the review, the family can ask for the date to be re-scheduled.
      • The review is facilitated by someone whose role it is to make sure all the above things happen.


The following documents are used to support the review process:


The Local Authority has a Special Educational Needs Panel which considers the range of evidence provided for requests for education, health and care needs assessments.  This panel provides advice to the Local Authority as to whether to carry out an EHC needs assessment.  This panel includes representatives from education, health and social care and meets every week during the school term.

When the SEN Assessment and Review Team receives the request for an education, health and care needs assessment, they will send parents a letter confirming this and an 'Our Story' document to complete and return.  Parents then have a maximum of six weeks to wait before they find out if the Local Authority has agreed that an assessment should be started.

If you think your child may have special educational needs that have not been identified by their school or nursery, you should talk to your child’s teacher, or ask to the see the Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) [this is the person in the school who has a particular responsibility for co-ordinating help for children with special educational needs] or Headteacher.  You will be able to talk about your concerns and find out what the school thinks.

To view our Education and Health Care Plan documentation, please click here.

To view our Special educational needs assessment and planning “A Guide for Parents and Carers”, please click here.

To view an Education, Health and Care Plan checklist please click here.


National Document and Letters

For the most up to date information relating to policies and communications about the SEND reforms please click here to visit the Governments A-Z of Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) website and to view the Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reform letters please click here.

The Council for Disabled Children have created two short films on the EHCP planning process, to view them please click here.

SEND Newsletter

The DfE produce a monthly newsletter which contains a number of useful links for professionals, parents/cares and young people.  The newsletter also includes recently published information about the SEND reforms.

This monthly newsletter is intended to:

  • Draw together some of the recent highlights;
  • Give you early knowledge of forthcoming announcements, where possible;
  • Help provide answers to some of the questions local authorities and their partners are asking us. 

The newsletters can be view online by clicking here.  


Outcomes in Education, Health and Care Plans

A document has been developed by the “Delivering Better Outcomes Together” consortium, as a resource to support the development of outcomes in Education Health and Care Plans (EHC plans).

To view the document click here.