Sir John Lillie

Primary School

Succeeding on the Journey through Lifelong Learning

Question 8

What is an EHC Plan and who can request one for my child?


The purpose of an EHC Plan is to make special education provision to meet the special educational needs of a child or young person, to secure improved outcomes for him/her across education, health and social care and, as he/she gets older in preparation for adulthood. An EHC Plan will contain;

  • the views and aspirations of you and your child,
  • a full description of his/her special educational needs and any health and social care needs,
  • establish outcomes for your child’s progress,
  • specify the provision required and how education, health and social care will work together to meet your child’s needs and support the achievement of the agreed outcomes.

You, your child (where appropriate and aged 16 and over) and/or the school, usually the SENCo or Head Teacher, can request that the local authority conduct an assessment of your child’s needs. This may lead to an EHC Plan.

EHC Plans are usually only considered by the local authority in cases where the special educational need is severe.