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Ask the expert! Round up of our Facebook Q&A on Education, Health and Care plans

Tuesday 28th January 2020

Thank you to everyone who took part in our Education, Health and Care plan Q&A last week - we had so many questions! You can read back through the Q&A on our Facebook page.

The Q&A was hosted by our education advisers Jill, Lesley and Michaela from our helpline team.

One parent said that her school had told her there was no funding for an EHC plan for her child. Unfortunately this is a common misconception. Michaela was able to reassure her that if the local authority decide to issue an EHC plan after assessing her child, this may actually mean more funding for the school, and that, as a parent, she can start the process of getting an assessment for an EHC plan herself. If you're wondering what the rules are you can check out our information about getting an EHC needs assessment.

Another parent asked if he could name a school in a draft EHC plan. This is not the case - the school or college should only be named in the final EHC plan. There are certain criteria to meet, but if a school is named on the final plan, the school must give your child a place. Learn more about these criteria and about naming a school in a draft EHC plan .

There were so many great questions, and we were really happy to be able to help. Take a look at some of the other questions we answered, and find out all about yours and your child's rights in education on our website.

Our next Facebook Q&A is on Wednesday 5 February between 2-4.30pm and is all about claiming Disability Living Allowance high rate mobility for children with learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. If you have any questions, put the date in your diary!