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Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans (Local Offer)

Assessment and Education Health and Care Plans

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 is very clear in its advice that the majority of children and young people with SEN or disabilities will have their needs met within local early years settings, schools or post 16 provision.  

However, if your child is not making sufficient progress despite assessment and provision in place within their educational setting, the Local Authority should consider what further provision may be appropriate, and may require an EHC Needs Assessment to be carried out.  

Updated Statutory documents - Peterborough Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service

Statutory EHCP Process

You may be aware that the documents relating to the statutory EHCP process have been updated. This is in response to feedback from parent/carers, education providers and other key stakeholders as well as the LA quality assurance framework. In partnership with Family Voice, Health and Social Care the LA has reviewed and co-produced new documentation relating to the EHC processes. Please discard any documentation you have received previously and replace it with the documents listed below.

Early Support

What is early support?

Early Support in Peterborough is a pathway for children in their pre-school years with complex health, education, or care needs.  These children will require considerable ongoing support from across education, health and care. This includes:

  • children who have great difficulty with communication
  • children who have sensory or physical difficulties
  • children who have complex health needs


Here is a leaflet about Early Support

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

Useful videos explaining what an Education, Health and Care Plan is

  • This VIDEO helps to explain what an Education, Health and Care Plan is.

  • This VIDEO helps you understand the Educational, Health and Care Plan process (EHCP) when you are 16

Who can request an EHC Needs Assessment?

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Requesting an EHC Needs Assessment

An Education, Health and Care needs assessment can be requested by parents, carers, teachers or any other professional involved with a child or young person; they can also be requested by a young person over the age of 16.

How do I request an EHC Needs Assessment?

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How to request an assessment

To request an assessment, please complete the Request for an EHC Needs Assessment form.

Download a word document of the Request for an EHC Needs Assessment form  

Please return this form to: 

Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Team

Sand Martin House,

Bittern Way,

Fletton Quays,

Peterborough, PE2 8TY

Or email it to the SAMS Team SENTeam@peterborough.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy by contacting the Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service (SAMS) by calling 01733 863996 /863934 or:

email:SENTeam@peterborough.gov.uk

What happens at the EHC Needs Assessment?

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What is involved

During the assessment, information is collected from:

  • the child or young person 
  • the parent
  • the child’s school or early education setting
  • social care

Information may be collected from:

  • an educational psychologist
  • relevant health professionals (for example the child’s doctor, occupational therapist, speech and language therapist, physiotherapist, health visitor)
  • education welfare officers and other people that may be appropriate

What happens next?

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The next stage

Following the assessment we may issue a draft Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which is a detailed description of your child’s needs and how these will be met.

How long does it take?

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The whole process can take up to 20 weeks.  You can look at the process on the attached flow chart.

EHCNA process timeline flow chart.

Quality Assurance of Education, Health and Care Plans

Improving outcomes for children and young adults with SEND

As part of the Written Statement of Action (WSoA) following the CQC and Ofsted inspection of SEND in Peterborough in 2019, a Quality Assurance (QA) framework for SEND was developed and adopted by the Peterborough SEND partnership. The QA framework is a key element in driving improvement in outcomes for children and young adults with SEND in Peterborough.

The Quality Assurance framework includes processes for auditing Education Health and Care Plans at a variety of stages, including auditing of recently issued EHCPs by a multi-agency panel. Auditing will also take place on Information and advice offered by all services as part of Needs Assessment, on draft EHCPs and Annual reviews.

Audit findings will be collated and reported to the Peterborough SEND Partnership and will inform improvement plans and training activity. More information about audit tools can be found on the SEND Resources page.

Complaints and Mediation

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What to do if you're unhappy

If parents or young people are unhappy about certain decisions made by the Local Authority, they have a right to appeal. 

Feedback on the Education, Health and Care Planning Process (Local Offer)

Have your say

To help us provide a better service to children and young adults with SEND in Peterborough and their families, we are keen to get feedback on your experience of the EHCP process.

Please would you complete our online survey. Click this link to go directly to our online survey

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy by contacting the Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service (SAMS) by calling 01733 863996 /863934 or:

email: SENTeam@peterborough.gov.uk

Assessment and Education, Health and Care plans (EHC) - Assessments and Resources

Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school

Healthcare plans

Children with health needs may need a Healthcare Plan.  This would be appropriate where health alone is the need, rather than health with educational and social care needs.  The Department for Education’s Statutory Guidance Supporting pupils with medical conditions at school (2014 and 2017) 

  sets out that:  

  • Pupils at school with medical conditions should be properly supported so that they have full access to education, including school trips and physical education.  

  • Governing bodies must ensure that arrangements are in place in schools to support pupils at school with medical conditions.  

  • Governing bodies should ensure that school leaders consult health and social care professionals, pupils and parents to ensure that the needs of children with medical conditions are properly understood and effectively supported. 

For those children with complex needs that cannot be met by the support put in place by their school or college, an EHC needs assessment may be required.  You can find out more here.