Moving away from statements of SEN

Following the SEND Reforms, which were introduced by the government in September 2014, Barnsley Council, like every other council across the country, has introduced Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plans in place of statements of special educational needs and learning difficulty assessments (LDAs).

EHC Plans support children and young people up to 25 years of age who are in education or training and who have gone through an EHC needs assessment which has identified them as having a significant level special educational needs.

How long will it take to make the changes?

Since September 2014 any new requests for statutory assessment for a child/young person have resulted in an EHC Needs assessment being carried out and as appropriate, an EHC Plan has been issued.

In addition, the Department for Education (DfE) has provided guidelines for us to follow with regard to transferring all existing statements of special educational needs and Learning Disability Assessments (LDA’s) to EHC Plans.  We have to do this by 1 April 2018. Our Transfer Review Plan explains how we'll do this.  

In line with DfE guidelines we will review and publish a new plan each year until 2018.

We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the transfer to education, health and care plans.  Please contact us.