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Education, Health and Care Plans FAQs for Academies & MATs

on Tuesday, 01 June 2021.

We answer some of our most frequently asked questions surrounding Education Health and Care Plans.

This information is correct as at 1 June 2021.

What Do schools Have To Do for pupils With Education, Health and Care Plans?

Schools should continue to work in close collaboration with the local authority, relevant health partners and families to put in place the arrangements for delivering the support that would normally be in place, in a way that is appropriate and meets the needs of the pupil on a case by case basis. The DfE recognises that there may be times where this may be more challenging than in usual circumstances.

What Actions Should Schools Take if the Relevant EHCP Provision is Difficult to Deliver?

Where this becomes difficult, for example if a pupil is self-isolating, then the school must work together with the local authority and relevant professionals to consider how the provision should be delivered, for example providing online teaching or remote sessions with professionals. These decisions must be made on a case-by-case basis, to best reflect the specific needs of the pupil, and schools must not take a blanket approach or policy in respect of these pupils.

If an Assessment / Review is Due To Take Place, Will the Same Timescales Apply?

Yes, the DfE's Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance confirms that the statutory duties and timescales remain in place for EHC needs assessments and reviews.   Schools should continue to support timely consultations, particularly for September placements and continue to liaise closely with families to keep them updated on the timescales.

For specialist legal advice on any of the above, or if you have further questions, please contact Yvonne Spencer on 020 7665 0870, or Rosie Browne on 020 7665 0829. Alternatively, please complete the form below.

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