Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans & assessments (England)

Information for families in England

Some children or young people with more complex educational needs receive support through an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

In this section:

What is an EHC plan?

EHC needs assessments - the first step to getting an EHC plan

Getting an EHC draft plan - this happens only if the local authority decides to issue your child a plan

Annual reviews - your child's EHC plan will be reviewed once a year

Change in circumstances - when an EHC plan might change or cease

Tribunal appeals - appealing a local authority decision

Information for families in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales

If you live in Wales, read our information about the statementing process.

We also support Northern Ireland and Scotland. Give our helpline a call on 0808 808 3555 and we can provide information or signpost you to alternative sources of advice in those nations where appropriate. Find out our local office details in the In your area section.

Call our helpline

Any questions about support at school? How to get an EHC plan? What kind of school is best for my child? Call our freephone helpline on 0808 808 3555 and talk to one of our education advisers.


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