5.37 Where a setting (nursery, school, college) identifies a child as having special educational needs, they must work in partnership with parents to establish the support the child needs.
9.168 Reviews must be undertaken in partnership with the child and their parent or the young person, and must take account of their views, wishes and feelings.
9.169 The first review must be held within 12 months of the date when the EHCP was issued, and then within 12 months of any previous review.
9.178 Local authorities should consider reviewing an EHCP for a child under five at least every three to six months to ensure that the provision continues to be appropriate.
9.179 An EHCP must be reviewed and amended in sufficient time prior to a child or young person moving between key phases of education, to allow for planning for and, where necessary, commissioning of support and provision at the new institution.
9.184 All reviews taking place from Year nine at the latest and onwards, must include a focus on preparing for adulthood, including employment, independent living and participation in society.
A Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENDCo) is a qualified teacher in a school or maintained nursery school who has responsibility for co-ordinating special educational need and disability provision. In a small school, the Head Teacher or Deputy may take on this role. In larger schools, there may be a team of SENDCos. Other early years settings with group provision arrangements, for example a group of nurseries managed by one company, are expected to identify an individual to take on the role of SENDCo and childminders are encouraged to do so, possibly sharing the role between them where they are registered with an agency.
Within four weeks of the review meeting, the local authority must decide whether it proposes to keep the EHCP as it is, amend the plan, or cease to maintain the plan, and notify the child’s parent or the young person and the school or other institution attended.
If the plan needs to be amended, the local authority should start the process of amendment without delay.
If the local authority decides not to amend the plan or decides to cease to maintain it, they must notify you of your right to appeal that decision and the time limits for doing so. They must also let you know that you can consider mediation should you wish to appeal, and the availability of information, advice and support and disagreement resolution services.