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Stage three – create draft plan

Stage three (weeks 12-15) – create draft plan
The EHC panel review all the information and decide whether an EHC plan is needed.

The plan coordinator informs the family of the decision. A letter is also sent confirming that an EHC plan will be issued or that an EHC plan will not be issued but setting out the provision the School is being asked to provide.

Upon request an SEN officer can discuss the provision plan and the support available with the family.

After considering formal mediation, parents have a right of appeal against the decision not to issue an EHC plan.

If an EHC plan is agreed the plan coordinator writes the draft plan which is sent to the family for consideration, comment and signature within 15 days. The draft is also sent to all professionals who have been involved in the assessment.

What happens in stage three for parents or carers?

If the local authority panel decide that an EHC plan is not needed, the work undertaken to assess the child or young person’s needs and the outcomes identified are used to support the child/young person through a provision plan.

A meeting with an SEN officer to discuss this can be arranged.

After considering formal mediation, parents and young people have a right of appeal to tribunal against the decision.

If the decision is that an EHC plan is required the caseworker officer draws up a draft plan which is sent to the parents/carers and involved professionals.

What happens in stage three for professionals?

If an EHC plan is not needed, professionals may be asked to discuss how everyone involved will work together to achieve the outcomes identified for the child/young person.

If an EHC plan is needed the plan coordinator will complete the draft plan.

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