If a child or young person has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan, we (the local authority) must review it at least once a year.
An annual review meeting will take place. It requires everyone involved with the child or young person to come together. It will consider:
A child or young person's educational setting will arrange the annual review on our (the local authority's) behalf and send out written invitations.
If there is concern about progress of a child or young person, the parent carer or the educational setting may request that the review be arranged sooner than planned.
Annual reviews should take into account the views, wishes and feelings of children, young people and parents.
The annual review involves holding a meeting during which the EHCP is reviewed by:
The head teacher/principal (sometimes delegated to the SENCO) must:
The head teacher or principal (or SENCO) must invite the following people:
It is unlikely that everyone invited to attend will be able to make the annual review meeting. But it is important that the date and time is convenient for parent carers, and anyone else who it is important to have at the meeting.
The annual review meeting must focus on progress made towards achieving the outcomes written in the EHCP. During the annual review meeting, the EHCP must be looked at to see if it still meets the needs of the child or young person.
The following points will normally be discussed:
If anyone does not agree with what is being discussed at the meeting, this should be noted in the annual review paperwork to let the others know. But if this is difficult, write to the EHCP Coordinator after the meeting to let them know.
Within four weeks of the annual review meeting:
We (the local authority) must let the young person or parent carers know in writing of the decision to:
The letter must tell the parent carers about: