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Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) reforms in England

Converting from SEN Statements to EHC Plans

New legislation requires local authorities in England to replace all Statements of SEN with Education Health and Care (EHC) Plans by April 2018.

The conversion will normally be done in the year before your child starts school, moves on to junior school (Y2) or secondary school (Y6) or enters further education (Y11-Y13). Students in Y9 must also have their statements converted.

The conversion process

  • The first thing you hear about the conversion will probably be a letter from the local authority (LA) requesting your permission to share information about your child with the health service. It’s important that you respond to this – if you don’t, important health information, such as paediatric reports, may not be included in your child’s EHC Plan.
  • Next, your child’s school will contact you to arrange a Transfer or Conversion Review Meeting. This meeting will be held at school in place of the Annual Review meeting. Its purpose is to convert your child’s statement into an EHC Plan. The school should ask you which professionals should be invited to the meeting.

Follow the link to the website for the Council for Disabled Children for a free downloadable family guide for advice and support about SEND reforms in England.

https://councilfordisabledchildren.org.uk/sites/default/files/field/attachemnt/tfsl_a_family_guide_to_send__final_.pdf 

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