Education Health and Care Plans

1. Overview

Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans, sometimes called a statutory plan, is a legal document which sets out:

EHC plans cover the age range 0-25.  

The EHC pages of the Local Offer gives information for families about requesting an EHC Needs Assessment and annual reviews of EHC plans. 

The majority of children and young people do not require a statutory plan in order to be supported in their educational setting.

2. Vision for all children

The vision in East Sussex for children with special educational needs and/or disabilities is:

Championing Change for Children: relentlessly pursuing positive outcomes for children and young people, enabling them to thrive in their local community.”

In order to achieve this vision, we have also determined a set of values which set out how we will work across all of our services. These are:

3. Best Practice

The SEND Code of Practice explains the duties of schools to provide for those with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

Every school is required to meet the SEN of the children and young people that they support. They must use their best endeavours to ensure that the necessary provision is made for any individual who has SEND and ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to engage in activities alongside their peers. They must also designate a teacher to be the special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) and inform parents when they are making special educational provision. It is good practice for schools to encourage parental confidence in the quality of their special educational needs provision.

Quality-first teaching and a graduated approach are embedded throughout the new code, which states that SEN provision goes beyond the differentiated approaches and learning arrangements normally provided as part of high-quality personalised teaching.

The code calls for the use of appropriate evidence-based interventions, and states that SEN support in schools is based on four types of action: assess, plan, do and review.  Schools should use the Additional Needs Plan to support this process.

Best practice guidance: "Use of Delegated Funding and the Role of the SENCO" -   should be read by those responsible for providing SEN support e.g. SENCO, Inclusion Managers.

4. Funding

For Information about how school funding and additional needs funding works please visit the East Sussex website.

5. What to do if a child requires further support

If you think a child/young person requires further support and is not making progress despite the provision of additional support, you can request an Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessment.

Please ensure you have looked at the SEN Matrix Guidance and statutory assessment information sheet before completing a request for an EHC needs assessment (statutory assessment). 

To request an EHC needs assessment you should complete the relevant form below and submit it, along with additional evidence, via the ISEND Front Door. 


Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment (EHCNA) Request Form

SA1B: Consent form

The information below provides an overview and the timescales of the EHC needs assessment process and is shared with parents at the time of request:

EHC Needs Assessment overview

EHC Assessment 20 week timeline

6. Annual Review

Every child or young person who has an EHC plan must have an annual review.

The aim of an annual review is to evaluate how well the young person has met the outcomes in their plan.  With the right support there is an expectation that a young person's needs will be met and the need for support will reduce.  Where a young person has made good progress there may be a discussion at the annual review about the young person making a transition away from an EHC plan to an Additional Needs plan in recognition of this good progress.  

Guidance for schools

The annual review report, parent views, child views and other supporting documents must be returned by the school to our annual review email inbox ( ) within 2 weeks of the meeting date using secure email. 

Annual review forms

Preparing for Adulthood annual review forms

Additional resources