How to check if an EHC plan is working

EHC plans should be used to actively monitor children and young people’s progress towards their outcomes and longer term aspirations.

The EHC plan must be reviewed by the local authority at least every twelve months and reviews must focus on the child or young person’s progress towards achieving the outcomes written in the EHC plan.

The review must also consider whether the outcomes and supporting targets remain appropriate.

Reviews should also:

  • Gather and assess information so that it can be used by early years settings, schools or colleges to support the child or young person’s progress and their access to teaching and learning
  • Review the special educational provision made for the child or young person to ensure it is being effective in ensuring access to teaching, learning and good progress
  • Review the health and social care provision made for the child or young person and its effectiveness in ensuring good progress towards outcomes
  • Consider the continuing appropriateness of the EHC plan in the light of the child or young person’s progress during the previous year or changed circumstances and whether changes are required; including any changes to outcomes, enhanced provision, change of educational establishment
  • Decide whether the EHC plan should continue or be discontinued, possibly due to all the education or training outcomes being achieved or the person no longer needs the special educational provision specified in the EHC plan
  • Set new interim targets for the coming year and where appropriate, agree new outcomes
  • Review any interim targets set by the early years provider, school or college or other education providers

The first review must be held within 12 months of the date when the EHC plan was issued and all reviews must be undertaken in partnership with the child and their parent/carer or the young person, and must take account of their views, wishes and feelings, including their right to request a personal budget.

Once the review has taken place the local authority must decide within four weeks if it intends to keep the EHC plan as it is, amend the plan or cease to maintain the plan. This decision must be shared with the child’s parent or the young person and the school or other institution attended. If it is decided that the plan needs to be amended the local authority will start the process without delay.