I have the honour of having been adopted by one particular Facebook group where my skills come in particularly useful…in fact you’ve probably ended up on this page as a result of following one of my replies there.
One of the questions frequently posed is how do I apply for an EHCP?
You don’t…you apply for an EHC Assessment the result of which ‘might’ be a Plan (EHCP). This might sound quite a fussy thing to make note of, but actually it’s quite important. The application process is full of timescales, deadlines and appeals and using the correct language means that everyone is clear where you are in the process.
Reading a sentence such as ‘my EHCP has been declined’, actually means that you have got more than half way through the process and that although your child has acknowledged needs the LA believe those needs can be met by the school through it’s normal SEN processes. If you haven’t even got over the first hurdle then actually your ‘EHC Assessment has been declined.’
The assessment application is actually very straightforward, but if you contact your LA then you will soon discover that they like to make it far more complicated than it needs to be!
I wrote three PowerPoints with supporting documents (and also converted them to videos on YouTube if you don’t have PowerPoint) to guide parents through the process of applying for an EHC Assessment.
Have a look and let me know what you think…
EHC Assessment Pt1 – Gathering Your Thoughts
EHC Assessment Pt2 – The Law
EHC Assessment Pt3 – The Letter