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Education, Health and Care Plans

The 20 week timeline

The EHCP process should follow a 20 week timeline:

  • request an EHC needs assessment
  • by 6 weeks the LA must tell you if they will assess or not
  • by 16 weeks the LA must finish the assessment and decide if they will issue a plan
  • between 16-20 weeks the LA will send a draft EHC plan. You will have 15 days to comment and ask for a particular school or educational setting to be named in the plan
  • by 20 weeks the LA must complete the final EHC plan and name an educational setting

A flowchart showing the statutory deadlines for the EHCP process.