Earlier this week the Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, announced an additional £350 million to support children with complex needs and disabilities including a programme of support provided by NDTi to work with Local Authorities to develop best practice in Education, Health and Care (EHC) planning.
Mr Hinds said;
“I recognise the rising demand for EHC plans for those over 19, and the need for education, health and social care services to agree a shared vision of what good life outcomes look like for an individual, and when it is right to cease an EHC plan. We have commissioned one of our delivery partners, the National Development Team for Inclusion to work with 20 local authorities to develop and model effective practice on this, and to share their findings across regions.”
Julie Pointer, NDTi’s Programme Lead for Children and Young People, added
“EHC Planning has been a rising priority for most local authorities that we work with, especially as they now go beyond 16 and can go up to 25. Ofsted and CQC SEND inspections have also raised concern about some plans not being holistic enough and with too much focus on education outcomes. We believe that the preparing for adulthood outcomes provide a fantastic opportunity in all SEND planning to develop some amazing outcomes for Young People, particularly around employment. We welcome this announcement and look forward to further developing and sharing examples of best practice.”
The minister announced additional measures, including:
To read the Ministers letter in full click here.
For further information on the Post 19 work that NDTi are doing that includes better EHC Planning, contact Julie Pointer on 01225 789135 or email [email protected]