What happens during the assessment Click to get info
The assessment is all about collecting information, which involves you, your child and the professionals who work with your child.
We will arrange for you and your child to have a 'family supporter'. The family supporter:
- explains the assessment and how it works
- offers practical and emotional support through the assessment
- explains the Local Offer
Your family supporter will meet you and your child. At this meeting you will talk about the assessment, and he or she will help you fill in the 'All about me' part of the assessment.
All the professionals involved with your child will write reports about him or her for the assessment, which they must do within six weeks.
Download an example 'All about me' report.pdf (136 KB)
Once we receive all the information, our special educational needs (SEN) officer will meet you and together you will prepare the EHC plan. This is the plan you will discuss at the EHC plan meeting.
The EHC plan meeting Click to get info
When we decide whether your child needs a plan we will look at all the information collected from you, your child and professionals working with your child. We do this at an EHC plan meeting.
You will be asked to come to this meeting.
We will make the decision at the meeting, talk about it with you and then write to you to confirm it. If your child does not need a plan we will also include in that letter information about how to appeal our decision if you are unhappy with it.
What happens if my child needs a plan Click to get info
If your child needs a plan, you will move to step 4: my plan.
What happens if my child does not need a plan Click to get info
If your child does not need a plan, his or her needs will continue to be met at step 1: SEND support, where his or her school or nursery will look again at the kinds of support that will best help your child.
The nursery or school may change the support, involve other services through the Local Offer or ask for extra help from us.