Education health and care plans

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 (replaced a statement of special educational need in September 2014).

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 by 1 April 2018. 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.

You can find out more about the transfer in our Local Plan:

Download Plymouth's Local Plan [PDF, 155KB]

Creating a plan

We'll create a draft plan and then send you a copy. You've 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.

The flowchart below shows the 20-week procedure:

Download Educational health care assessment flowchart [PDF, 105KB]

The guide below gives a more in-depth breakdown of the four stages of an assessment:

Download Educational health care four stage guide [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.

Give your feedback

If you're a parent or a young person who's recently been involved with an assessment we'd like to hear how you felt the process went.

Give us your views on your assessment