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Education views

When an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment is requested, we are required to get advice and information. This will come from your child's or young person’s educational provider.

Evidence your child or young person has not made expected progress 

The SEND Code of Practice 2015, Chapter 9.14 (pdf) states that when we are establishing whether an EHC needs assessment is necessary, we should consider:

  • Whether there is evidence your child or young person has not made expected progress

This lack of expected progress, will be despite an early years provider, school or post-16 institution taking ‘relevant and purposeful action’ to identify, assess and meet their special educational needs (SEN). 

We will need to take into account a wide range of evidence from your child's or young person’s early years provider, school or post-16 institution. We will pay particular attention to:

  • Evidence of their academic attainment (or developmental milestones in younger children) and rate of progress 
  • Information about the nature, extent and context of their SEN
  • Evidence of the action already being taken by the early years provider, school or post-16 institution to meet their SEN
  • Evidence of progress that has only been made as the result of much additional intervention and support.  This should be over and above that which is usually provided.
  • Evidence of their physical, emotional and social development and health needs.  This evidence should come from clinicians, other health professionals and agencies.
  • If your child is over 18, we must consider whether they require additional time to complete their education or training.  This is in comparison to the majority of others of the same age, who do not have SEN.

Educational advice from a head teacher, principal or early years’ manager

The SEND Code of Practice 2015, Chapter 9.49 (pdf) also states that when we carry out an EHC needs assessment, we must gather educational advice and information from the manager, head teacher or principal of the early years setting, school or post-16 or other institution attended by your child or young person.

Where this is not available, we must seek advice from a person with knowledge of the educational provision which may meet your child or young person’s needs.  If this is not available and the child or young person does not attend an educational institution, we must seek educational advice and information.  This should be from a person responsible for educational provision for the child or young person.

Recording these educational views

In Norfolk, the EHC needs assessment form is used to collect a wide range of evidence in relation to your child or young person.  The form can be used by professionals or ourselves.

  • A professional can use the form to provide educational advice and information.  This is in support of a request for an EHC needs assessment.
  • We can use the form to gather advice and information from an educational setting.  This is if it is not received with the original request for an EHC needs assessment.

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