Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan

The Children and Families Act 2014 has introduced changes to the legislation affecting how children and young people’s special educational needs are met. 

Significantly, the former system of issuing statements of special educational needs for children with complex or severe needs has been replaced by a new assessment process which leads (for some children) to an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). EHCPs can be issued between the ages of 0-25. An EHCP is a legal document which has similar statutory power to a statement of special educational needs, but which describes a child or young person’s health and care needs where these are significant.  The education, health and care plan is for children and young people aged 0 to 25. It focuses on identifying individual outcomes and puts children, young people and their families at the centre of the assessment, planning and review process.

At school, most children will make progress with the support of their class teacher through the school’s arrangements known as School Support.  School governing bodies are required to publish detailed information about their arrangements for identifying, assessing and making provision for pupils with SEN. This must be school-specific and describe a school’s arrangements for providing a graduated response to children’s SEN. This is known as the School Offer.

For the small number of children with complex/severe needs who do not make enough progress despite intervention from the school, it may be necessary for a statutory assessment of the child’s special educational needs to be undertaken by the Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service (SAMS).

Guidance for considering whether an Education, Health and Care Needs Assessment is required

This guidance was co-produced with Peterborough City Council during 2016.  It will remain in draft form until Spring 2017 to allow for further feedback from stakeholders.  If you would like to feedback on this document, please use the Local Offer Feedback Form.

Useful information

Information on how support for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities is changing and further advice is available in the following guides provided by

SEND in Peterborough

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EHC Plan Quality Standards Checklist

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EHC Plan Template

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How to apply

To request an assessment, please complete the form below and return it to the address provided on the form.

Alternatively, you can request a paper copy by contacting the SEN Team by calling 01733 863733/863675 or email

Request for EHC Needs Assessment Form

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Request for EHC Needs Assessment Form

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Requests can be made by:

  • the child's parents
  • a young person over the age of 16 and under the age of 25
  • a person acting on behalf of a school or post 16 institution ideally this should be with the knowledge and agreement of the parent or young person
  • foster carers
  • health and social care professionals
  • early years practitioners
  • youth offending teams
  • probation services
  • those responsible for education in custody, school or college staff
  • or a family friend.

Education, Health and Care Plan Assessment and Planning Meeting Feedback

If you have recently been through the Education, Health and Care Planning process we would like to hear from you. Whether you are a parent/carer, a professional or a young person, we need to understand how the process was for you and how we could make it better.

Please complete either:

Parent/Carer and Professionals Survey


Children and Young Person's Survey

If you prefer, you can request a paper copy of the survey to be sent out to you by telephoning the Statutory Assessment and Monitoring Service on 01733 863733

The results of the surveys and improvements as a result, will be published on the Local Offer

Appeals and mediation

If parents or young people are unhappy about certain decisions made by the Local Authority, they have a right to appeal. This would include the following areas:

  • not carrying out an EHC needs assessment
  • not drawing up an EHC plan
  • content of a final or amended EHC plan
  • not to amend an EHC plan
  • stopping an EHC plan

Have your say

We want to make sure that Peterborough's Local Offer continues to develop to meet the needs of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families To let us know your views please fill in our online feedback form.