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Step 5 - Decision

Once all the advice and information has been received and the assessment completed, the next decision is about whether an EHC Plan is necessary.

We will hold a meeting with you and the key professionals who have been involved to agree future support arrangements for your child and the desired outcomes.

Following this meeting the Assessment Officer will complete a draft EHC Plan and this will be taken to Panel for approval.  The panel considers

  • Whether the Local Authority should issue a EHC Plan for your child
  • What the EHC Plan should provide.


What is included in an EHC Plan?

An EHC Plan will include:

  • the views, interests and aspirations of the children and young people and their parent/carer
  • an outline of the child or young person’s special educational need
  • outcomes covering education, health and social care
  • the special educational provision needed to support the child or young person
  • the name and type of current education setting
  • resource attached to the Plan

How is a decision made?

When deciding whether to issue an EHC plan, the EHC panel reads all the information and reports gathered during the EHC needs assessment process. They ask and discuss:

  • What are the child/young person’s special educational needs?
  • Is the current special educational provision working?
  • Is the child/young person not making enough progress (and so needs something different or extra to help)?
  • Is the child/young person moving to, or have they recently moved to, a new school?
  • Does the child/young person need something different or extra, and if so:
    • can this reasonably be provided from within the resources normally available to mainstream settings?


  • is this provision only available with an EHC plan?

The Local Authority then decides if it is necessary for the special educational provision to be made in accordance with an EHC plan.

What happens if a decision is made that an EHC plan is not necessary?

If the decision is made not to issue and EHC plan, the Assessment Officer will contact you to explain why the Local Authority has decided to issue the plan.  You will also receive this in writing.

Young people without an EHC plan will still receive the support they need in their mainstream nursery, school or college where funding is allocated to the setting to support children and young people with SEND.  We suggest that you contact the educational setting to arrange a meeting to share the assessment reports with the education staff.  At the meeting you can decide together how the current support matches the recommendations in the reports. It may be that during the discussion you identify further steps to be taken to ensure that advice from professionals is used in supporting your child, young person.

If you are not happy with the decision then you then you will have 2 months to consider mediation and make an appeal to a tribunal