- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
THAT Conference notes with concern recent research showing that, despite the statutory 20- week time limit from a request for assessment being made to the issuing of the final EHC plan, only 59.2% of EHC plans were issued within the 20-week time limit in 2015. During 2016, this figure decreased to 58.6%.
Further, Conference notes that according to IPSEA (Independent Parental Special Education Advice): “In IPSEA’s experience, it is not uncommon for local authorities to refuse assessments based on their own policies, rather than the legal test for assessment, many of which set a threshold significantly higher than the legal threshold.”
Conference therefore instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council undertake the necessary research across all LAs in order to report accurately on the current picture nationwide, and use LAs that are succeeding as exemplars for others.
Conference further instructs the Executive Committee to put forward to the Joint Executive Council that the Joint Executive Council produce advice for professionals and parents on:
(i) the legal timelines for each part of the EHC plan and annual review processes
(ii) what can be done when LAs do not comply with timelines
(iii) applying for EHC needs assessments effectively, and what the legal thresholds are
(iv) running annual reviews in the best interests of all involved in the child’s provision, and what is legally required.