Before the development of an EHC Plan, there is a process which must be taken in order to develop a fully reliable, useful and accurate plan which will benefit the pupil as well as make staff aware of any observations that should be made of that pupil to determine if action is required.
Firstly, after the school has been notified that a pupil may require an EHC Plan, the school then informs the parents of that pupil and arrange a meeting. The school may be notified or receive referrals from multiple sources but most commonly from the child’s parents or doctor should the case already be identified, or, from the child’s teacher if they notice a behaviour developing overtime as well as any other observations they may have made. Should this be the case, a doctor will need to confirm the issue. At this meeting the two parties will discuss the assessment as well as provide any information they know related to the earlier EHC notification.
If the parents of the pupil and the school believe that an EHC may be beneficial to the pupil, an assessment will take place covering the education levels of the pupil and their health and care. Each assessment should be made specifically for that pupil. Although many students may suffer a certain illness, they will all react differently, be affected on different levels and require different levels of monitoring. The assessment should be based around the original referral/notification with any additional info to attempt to assess the suspected issue.
After the assessment has been completed, the school should then notify the parents of the child. From here, the data will be analysed and a decision will be made on whether or not the pupil requires an EHC Plan. Similarly to the original EHC Plan assessment, the plan itself should also be specific to each pupil to generate a highly reliable plan which should avoid issues occurring between education and health.
Further along, small changes could be made to the plan in order to allow it to become closely integrated with the pupil’s classroom work and reduce any obtrusive measures which were originally included where improved methods have been found.