A request for an Education, Health and Care assessment is made to the local authority. The local authority has 6 weeks to decide if the assessment should go ahead. If it decides to progress the assessment, information is gathered from the parents, school and other professionals involved with the child. Once the information has been collected, the decision is made whether or not to draft an Education, Health and Care Plan. The draft plan is then agreed. The whole process has to be completed within 20 weeks.
An Education, Health and Care Plan is only issued where there is a high level of need. The plan will state what Range of support is appropriate. Support for Ranges 1 to 2 is met entirely from within the school’s budget. Where a Range 3 to 5 Education, Health and Care Plan is issued, top up funding may be available for additional support for a child.