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.
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:
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:
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.
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.