How long the assessment process takes

If you are requesting a new Education Health and Care plan, the whole process should be completed within 20 weeks, although there are certain exemptions which could prolong this.

The process goes through these stages:

Week 0-6

  • Referral
  • Evidence gathering
  • Progress to needs assessment or notification not to proceed issued (feedback provided with right to appeal)

By end of week 6

  • Professional advice requested and considered
  • Decision to issue an EHC Plan or notification not to proceed issued (feedback provided with right to appeal)

By end of week 16

  • Draft EHC plan consultation (chance to consider views on the draft plan and request a particular school or other institution to be named in the plan)
  • Issue final EHC plan (with right to appeal)

Week 20

If a draft EHC plan is issued you will have 15 calendar days to consider and provide views on the draft EHC plan and ask for a particular school or other institution to be named in the final EHC plan

 Exemptions that can prolong the process beyond the 20 week timescale:

  • The child or young person missing appointments with a professional who the authority has requested advice from
  • The child or young person is absent from the area for a period of at least four weeks
  • Exceptional personal circumstances affect the child or his/her parent, or the young person
  • The educational institution is closed for at least four weeks, which may delay the submission of information