How we decide if we will carry out an assessment

We will carry out an assessment of education, health and care needs if we think it may be necessary for special educational provision to be made for the child or young person in accordance with an EHC plan. This is likely to be where the special educational provision the child or young person needs cannot reasonably be provided from within the resources normally available to mainstream early years providers, school and post-16 institutions.

Education, Health and Care needs assessment criteria

In considering whether an Education, Health and Care needs assessment is necessary we will consider whether there is evidence that, despite the early years setting, school or post-16 institution taking relevant and purposeful action to identify, assess and meet the special education needs of the child or young person, the child or young person has not made expected progress.

The local authority will make its decisions based on documented, objective evidence that shows a graduated response to identifying and meeting needs, as described in the Assess Plan Do Review process.

In making the decision we will need to consider the following:

  • Whether the school has a clear picture of the child’s needs
  • If there is evidence of at least two cycles of the Assess Plan Do Review process
  • The child’s level of attainment compared to his/her peers
  • Whether the school has involved external specialists
  • The support currently provided by the school
  • Whether the child or young person is making progress with the support provided
  • All the resources available to the school to provide support for the child or young person

The additional evidence that we will seek and the questions that we will ask may vary according to the child or young person’s age and the nature of the learning difficulty. For further information on the assessment criteria please see the document Norfolk Special Educational Needs and Disability Criteria for Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments and Plans.

How we inform you of the outcome of the needs assessment

Once an assessment request has been received the EHCP Coordinator will contact you to let you know whether we will carry out a needs assessment. It will then take about ten weeks to get all the information together so we can decide whether to issue an EHC plan.

When we have looked at all the information available the EHCP Coordinator will contact you again to let you know whether or not we will issue an EHC plan and to tell you what the next steps are.