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There are some situations what might mean your child's
Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan changes or ceases (ends)
EHC plans have no force outside England. If you are moving to
another country please contact our helpline for advice.
If you are moving to another local authority within England,
your son or daughter's EHC plan must be transferred from the old
local authority to the new local authority.
You should tell your old local authority that you are moving at
least 15 working days beforehand if possible, so that the transfer
happens on the day of your move. Once the EHC plan has been
transferred, the new local authority must provide everything in it
What will the new local authority do?
The new local authority can carry out the next annual review of
the EHC plan following the usual timetable (see below), or it can
bring the annual review forward. It can also decide to do a
complete reassessment of your child's special educational
Your son or daughter should not be left without education in the
meantime. They should continue to attend the school or college
named on the EHC plan, but if this isn't possible (for example
because your new home is now too far away), your new local
authority must arrange a suitable alternative education that meets
their needs. This would usually be a temporary placement at a
similar school or college in the area.
The new local authority must tell you what it is going to do
within six weeks of your move.
If it is not doing a full reassessment of your child's needs, it
must review the plan before one of the following deadlines,
whichever is the later:
A review or reassessment may result in changes to the support in
the EHC plan and to the school or college named in the EHC plan.
You can appeal to the SEND Tribunal
about any changes to the education sections (parts B, F and I) of
the EHC plan.
Some children and young people with EHC plans make very good
progress and only require a plan for part of their education.
Others need help through a plan for the whole of their schooling
and into college or other training.
Under the Children and Families Act 2014, the local authority
can maintain an EHC plan until a young person reaches age 25.
However, this is not an absolute right, and most young people will
stop having an EHC plan at an earlier age. The EHC plan will stop
in the following circumstances.
The plan is no longer needed
The local authority can also cease the EHC plan if it is no
longer 'necessary' to maintain it. The test for this is that your
child no longer needs the special educational provision on the
plan. Even if they still need support from health or social care,
the EHC plan can be stopped if educational help is no longer
If your child is over 18, the local authority must still take
into account whether they have met the educational outcomes in
their EHC plan. The local authority must not automatically stop the
plan just because your child has reached this age. Some young
people want to stay in education past 18 or 19 or may need more
time in education to help them move on to adult life
An EHC plan must also not be ceased just because an educational
placement has broken down and a child or young person is out of
education. In that circumstance, the local authority must review
The local authority's decision
In most cases the local authority will decide to cease a plan
after an annual review. You, your child, and relevant professionals
will have been involved in discussions, so the decision should not
come as a surprise.
If the local authority wants to cease your child's EHC plan it
There is no set format or timescale for getting your views but
there is an overarching duty in law to involve you and your child
The local authority must then tell you in writing that it is
ceasing the plan and that you have the right to appeal.
The EHC plan will remain in place:
Remember that if your child is over 16 then any decisions about
their EHC plan pass in law directly to them. See our page on
beyond 16 for what this means.
I don't agree, what can I do?
If the local authority is asking for your views, here are some
questions to think about:
If you are the parent of a young adult,
our factsheet on support in education for 19-24 year olds will be
If the local authority has decided to cease your child's EHC
plan and you disagree, you have a right to mediation
If you live in Wales, read our information about the
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
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.