So, after yesterday's post showing the headlines for the Assess, Plan, Do, Review Graduated Approach, we now turn to what happens if you've been there, tried that and the interventions that have been tried have had poor or no results on your child's progress.
If that is the case, and your SENCo can show that your child's needs exceed what can reasonably be offered from within the school's SEN resources, including what they can fund from the Local Offer of services for each child, then it's time to ask for an assessment for an Education, Health and Care Plan, or EHC Plan/EHCP.
You are not alone through this process. The new system provides, or should provide, a parental supporter, independent of the local authority or from the local Parent Partnership Service to help you. But at present, qualified IS's are few and far between so if you are planning to ask for an assessment or being transitioned from a statement, where you live will have a lot to do with what's currently available.
Below is our SNJ/Department for Education approved second Flow Chart, this time showing the process when you REQUEST an EHCP. This is the first part, before you know if you get one, sort of like it is right now. Except for the IS, if you have one.
Again, there is the image below that you click to enlarge, and below that a printable PDF on a white background to save ink and then a link to see it online that you can enlarge much more.
Alternatively, you can:
Flow Chart-Request an EHCP Assessment- click here for a PDF version with white background for ink-saving printing
Tomorrow, the flow if your local authority is going to conduct an assessment and on Friday, what to do about disagreements.
Please leave us some feedback. These charts have taken a lot of work so we hope you like them.
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