Changing EHCPs

Once in place an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) can be changed or ceased at any point.  Once an EHCP is in place for a child or young person, it does not necessarily remain static.

These are examples of reasons why an EHCP may need to be changed:

  • it may become apparent quite quickly that the EHCP does not specify the special educational needs (SEN) or provision adequately
  • the school placement may break down
  • it may simply be that the EHCP becomes out of date, especially where outcomes may have been too unambitious or short term
  • you may move to another Local Authority (LA)
  • it may happen that the child or young person makes so much progress that the EHCP is no longer needed or
  • the LA may decide that it wishes to cease to maintain the EHCP.

In addition, at least once a year the EHCP is required to be reviewed under the provisions of the Children and Families Act 2014.  This is called an Annual Review.  If you child is in childcare (so at a pre-school or Nursery) then the Plan should be reviewed every 3 and 6 months. (Code of Practice 9.178).

Surrey can decide to amend an EHCP at any time as it is a live working document.  It maybe that your Annual Review is due soon or you could call an Emergency Annual Review (which is similar to an early AR).

More information can be found under Annual Reviews.