Whenever the Local Authority issue an amended EHC Plan, you should be given the right of appeal to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Tribunal, against the contents of the plan and/or the placement named. For more information see How to Appeal an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
For legal advice get in touch with our Education Solicitors and SEN Lawyers.
Start Planning in Year 5
It’s important that the prospective schools you wish to be named as your child’s secondary school placement are aware of your child’s Special Educational Needs, and are able to meet your child’s unique requirements. It may be helpful to discuss during your child’s annual review in year 5 the secondary schools you may be interested in.
During your annual review, you will be able to speak with the Local Authority and obtain their views on the type of placement they believe would be suitable for your child. For example, would your child’s needs best be met in a mainstream secondary school or would they require a special school? These discussions will provide you with a clearer picture of the type of setting that your child will require.
If your child doesn’t have an EHC Plan, but does have Special Educational Needs that may require support by way of special educational provision, speak with your child’s primary school special educational needs coordinator or ‘SENCO’ to discuss your concerns. Your SENCO will be able to discuss with you the process of securing an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment if necessary and the schools in your local area that can support your child’s individual Special Educational Needs.
Alternatively, you can request an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment from your Local Authority yourself. This assessment will identify whether your child may require support to meet their Special Educational Needs and may result in an EHC Plan being created for your child. This process will also look at whether the school that your child has been offered for the next academic year can meet your child’s Special Educational Needs.
For more information see What a Good Education, Health and Care Plan Should Look Like.