An education, health and care assessment is a process where information is collected from schools and professionals to give us a clear picture of your child's or young person's education health and care needs.
Most mainstream schools/settings and colleges will be able to meet your child's special educational needs. However, if your child needs more support than the school can provide they may need an education, health and care plan.
If your child already has a statement of special educational needs (or learning disability assessment) this will be transferred to an education, health and care plan . We're transferring children and young people as quickly as possible whilst maintaining arrangements for those who still have a statement of special educational needs.
Education, Health and Care Plans are also known as an EHCP, EHC or EHP.
Submitting a request for an assessment
If you are a parent please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 307409
If you are a professional please our online Professional Portal
Need support? Read the user guides.
Creating a plan
Once we have received your request for an assessment it is passed to the Council's Single Multi-Agency Panel (SMAP) panel. A draft plan will be created and you will receive a copy of the plan.
You have 15 days to comment, including if you want to ask that your child goes to a special school or college. We then have 20 weeks from the date of the assessment to give you the final plan.
- Educational health care assessment flowchart [PDF, 105KB]
Please find below a more in-depth breakdown of the Four stages of an EHC Assessment:
- 4-Stage Guide to EHC Pathway [PDF, 156KB]
Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (a support service for all parents and carers in the Plymouth area) can provide further impartial, confidential information about this assessment process.
How to request support and feedback
If you have any questions about the Statutory Assessment process or Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), please email SENAdmin@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 307409.
You may also wish to contact Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND (a support service for all parents and carers in the Plymouth area) can provide further impartial, confidential information about this assessment process.
How to appeal
If you wish to appeal any of the decisions made regarding a Statutory Assessment for your child or yourself, or anything within the content of your child’s/your EHC Plan, Plymouth Information, Advice and Support for SEND will be able to support you with this.
Further information and external links
- Information on Mediation and Rights of Appeal
- Global Mediation
- Information about SEND National Trial – Single Route of Redress
- SEND tribunals
- GOV.UK: SEND guide for parents and carers
- GOV.UK: SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years
Related pages and services
This page is part of Plymouth's Local Offer.
This page was last updated on 12 October 2018