When should an EHC plan be reviewed?

EHC plans must be reviewed at least every 12 months, though you can request an early review with the local authority if your child’s needs change.

For children and young people moving between phases of education (early years to primary and primary to secondary etc.):

If your child is in year 6, the Annual Review and any amendments, including the name of the setting they will attend in September, must be completed by 15 February in that year. For young people moving on from secondary school to further education or training, this must be completed by 31 March.

The SEND Code of Practice 2015 says:

The review process will enable changes to be made to an EHC plan so it remains relevant to the needs of the child or young person and the desired outcomes. There may be occasions when a re-assessment becomes appropriate, particularly when a child or young person’s needs change significantly. (9.186)

You can ask for re-assessment of your child’s needs. This is helpful if their needs have changed significantly since the EHC plan was first issued, the professional advice used to write the plan needs to be updated, or the provision is no longer meeting needs. 

Take a look at the information from IPSEA about requesting re-assessment, including their template letter. 

Watch the Council for Disabled Children’s video ‘What is an Annual Review?