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After an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment has
been carried out, if the local authority decides to issue your
child an EHC plan you'll first receive a draft EHC plan.
There's a lot to consider at this stage and timing is crucial,
so it's important to be prepared and act quickly.
We have explained what should be
in a draft plan on our EHC plan page. You will need
to check the draft plan carefully for mistakes and omissions. Does
You have 15 days to ask your local authority to make changes. It
is helpful if you can be as specific as possible about the changes
you want made by suggesting alternative wording. Back up your
requests by referring to the reports in section k.
Note that the name of the school, college or other
education setting in section I of the draft EHC plan will be left
blank. This is so that you can say which school or college
you want to be named in the final EHC plan. Find out more about naming a school in a draft EHC
You have at least 15 days from the date the draft was sent to
respond. You could:
If time is very tight, for example if you are trying to get some
help to check the plan, ask the local authority for an extension.
Most will agree to this - the exact wording of the regulations is
at least 15 days.
As a result of your representations the local authority may:
The local authority must issue a final plan within 20 weeks of
the initial request for an EHC needs assessment.
When they send you the final plan, your local authority must
also send you a letter informing you of your right to mediation and
If you disagree with all or part of the final plan there is a
This is where you try to reach a negotiated agreement with the
local authority. The aim is to try to find a solution that is
acceptable to both parties. Mediation will be facilitated by an
organisation independent of the local authority
You can ask for mediation on any part of the EHC plan. You must
make your request within two months of the final plan being sent to
Appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal (special educational needs and
You can appeal to tribunal over the education parts of the plan,
sections B, F and I. Any changes ordered by the Tribunal are
binding on the local authority and they must make them.
Find out more on our page about appeals and tribunals.
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.