Needs Assessment

An EHC needs assessment can only be requested if it is believed a child ‘may’ have an SEN, it cannot be requested if there are only health and care needs no matter how severe.  The prime consideration will be despite relevant and purposeful action by the school to ‘identify, assess and meet the SEN of the child, they have not made expected progress, you should have evidence from the process of planning special educational provision in the graduated approach cycles.  For children who need an EHC needs assessment it will that the planned outcomes were not achieved, despite quality first teaching and targeted evidence based interventions. The LA will only carry out an EHC assessment if they believe the child ‘may’ have an SEN and that to determine the level of the special educational provision by writing a plan.