Principal Consultant and Owner of Helen Gifford Consulting working with families and schools to help them through the EHCP processes. Over 10 years of experience working in the Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team of a local authority, initially as a Statement and Review Officer, writing and reviewing statements of SEN, and as the Team Manager.
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ASK IPSEA: Late EHCP drafts and extensions timescales for amendments
I was told I'd been sent a draft EHCP at the end of July which I'd not received. On 8…Continue reading »
Should every young person with a Learning Difficulty Assessment get an EHCP?
Parent's EHCP Transfer Clinic Question Should local authorities only be transferring students who have a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA for…Continue reading »
Is this an Annual Review or a Transfer Review?
My son is in Year 5. We have been asked to attend his annual review meeting and his school has…Continue reading »
My son’s transition to an Apprenticeship is a mess, please help!
Parent's Question: We are in a situation that our LA have made an error, whether mistakenly or purposefully they have issued…Continue reading »
Our daughter’s school won’t allow access for an independent assessment
Question from Parent We have a statement to EHCP transfer review for my 14 year old. Since she entered special…Continue reading »
Our annual review was an EHCP transfer and no one told us!
Parent's Question I am in the middle of a time bomb not sure how I got here but dealing with…Continue reading »
How can my son’s statement be transferred to an EHCP if my LA isn’t providing any education?
My son is 18yrs old, has an SEN and my local authority want to start the transfer over to an…Continue reading »
What information should we be given at the start of an EHCP transfer?
What information is required at the start of the transfer (old review meeting) all I have be given is a…Continue reading »
What does a good description of needs in the ‘Independence’ section look like?
Parent asks: My 18 year old daughter's statement is transferring to an EHC plan. We have waited over 24 weeks,…Continue reading »