What happens if we decide not to do an education, health and care assessment

How the assessment process works, where to get help for your child without an education, health and care (EHC) plan and what to do if you disagree with our decision.

When you’ll hear from us

We will write to you to let you know the SEN panel’s decision within 6 weeks of your request for an education, health and care (EHC) assessment.

In the letter we will explain why:

  • we think your child doesn’t need an EHC assessment
  • the information you gave us about your child does not show that they need an EHC assessment
  • we think your child’s early years setting, which includes childminders and nurseries, schools and colleges can support your child’s needs without an EHC plan

Help you can get

You can contact your child's childcare providerschool or college to find out how they can support your child.

If you disagree with a decision, you can talk to your SEN casework officer for advice.

If you still need help, you can:

More information

Go to the GOV.UK website to find out:

Read more about EHC assessments and plans on the Amaze website.