EHCP’s and the pre September 2014 Statements of Special Educational Needs must be reviewed on an annual basis. ( and every six months if your child is under the age of 5) At the start of each new school term, the local authority sends schools, a list of their enrolled pupils who are due an annual review that term.
The purpose of an annual review is to look at whether the existing EHCP continues to properly identify all of a child’s special educational needs and makes adequate provision for them. The outcomes section of the EHCP can be reviewed and changed if required.
An annual review meeting will be arranged by the school. Prior to the meeting, the school should take advise from all medical, health and social care professionals, as well as the parents and young person if appropriate, to consider their views.
Once the annual review has been conducted, the school has to report back to the local authority within 2 weeks setting out what the recommendations for change are and if there are any changes that the parent or young person has requested that the school does not support.
The local authority must then consider whether to make any changes. If changes are not made, which you believe should have been, then it is possible to appeal to the Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal (SENDIST).
Obtaining legal advice prior to your annual review is key if you feel that there are changes that should be made. Knowing how to go about and successfully argue the case for a change to be made, is key as a productive annual review meeting where changes are agreed, can avoid the need for an appeal to the SENDIST.