Our daughter has been on SEN support for a while but we are concerned that she is only making very small amounts of progress.

The school and the LA say she will not qualify for a EHC needs assessment unless we demonstrate the school have spent £6,000 worth of SEN provision on her. We have tried to challenge this but the school say this is the LA’s policy and it must be followed.

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The LA agreed to do an EHC needs assessment but now it is complete we’ve received a letter saying they are going to make a ‘My Plan’ for our daughter.

This looks like a EHC plan but the information accompanying it says it is ‘non-statutory’. What does this mean? Does our daughter have an EHC plan?

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We had always wanted our son to go to the local primary school along with his sisters. Our son has Attention Deficit Disorder and he is a very slow learner. He has been assessed by the Local Authority and we have just received the draft EHC plan with

the professional advice. We are very concerned about the advice from the educational psychologist. When we spoke to him, he told us that he thought that our son was going to need more specialist teaching support than the local authority would probably be prepared to give him in a mainstream school. We’ve combed through his report and he says nothing at all about the amount of help he thinks our son needs. Does this mean he’s changed his mind, or has he been ‘leaned on’?

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We have just received our daughter’s draft EHC Plan and we are not happy with the way her needs have been described in Section B.

All it says is that she is a friendly and playful little girl (which we already knew) with ‘a general delay with her learning’. In fact she has a specific problem with reading and writing. In other areas her development is fine. What can we do?

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Section F of the draft education, health and care plan does not detail any of the special educational provision our son needs.

There is only a paragraph to say the school will decide how much provision he needs and when.

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The EHC plan has been finalised and we still disagree with the description of our son's needs in Section B and the lack of appropriate provision in Section F of the final EHC Plan.

The provision in Section F is really vague and there is an appendix to the EHC Plan titled ‘steps to achieving outcomes’ which lists all the special educational provision.

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We want occupational therapy moved into Section F of our son’s education, health and care plan.

Section B lists fine motor skills and sensory difficulties as some of his special educational needs, but occupational therapy is written in Section G as ‘health care provision’. We do not believe this is right but what else can we do? We had a meeting with the local authority when the EHC plan was at the draft stage but they said it is a service provided by the NHS and it is out of their hands.

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