Education, Health & Care Plans (EHCPs)
Each EHCP should be a single plan containing all key information regarding the educational, health and social care needs of the child or young adult. The Plan brings together all providers of support for the child or young person to work together. The EHC Plan is intended to be ‘portable’ across different educational sectors. This means that in many cases students will continue to have an EHC Plan when they transfer to their local FE college at post-sixteen. The primary focus of each EHCP is on achieving individual ‘outcomes’ for the child or young person.
Setting, reviewing and updating the ‘outcomes’ in a child’s EHC Plan is crucial to realising the young person’s potential. Outcomes need to be ‘SMART’, which means they must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. A typical EHC Plan will contain around half a dozen key long-term outcomes to be achieved over a given timeframe. Some of these time frames will be longer term, covering a whole Key Stage, such as KS3. To make this more workable, shorter term outcomes will be developed each academic year which are reviewed at key points through the These are known at Iffley Academy as Termly Outcome Plans (or TOPs).
Some Outcomes will continue to be set by key professionals, for example a Speech Therapist may suggest an outcome around working successfully with particular sounds. But we also want to be guided by you, the parent, and greatly value the consultation process in Termly Outcomes Planning.
Termly Outcome Planning (TOPS)
Outcome Planning is intended to ensure that across various support areas we are on-track with supporting your child’s broader development. We therefore ask our supporting agencies (Speech & Language Therapists, OTs etc.) to contribute to termly outcome planning and review. They use the same format as our teachers, so that the process should be relatively seamless.
In addition, Outcome Planning from Year 9 onwards includes preparation for adulthood planning, to support our programme of Careers Education, Independent Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). Outcome planning could include outcomes to be achieved by the end of a work experience placement, or a college link. Independent travel will also be included where this is appropriate. Some Outcomes will therefore have short-term review dates, and others will be monitored over a longer period.
Additional Statutory information:
The Local Offer
The Local Offer outlines what is available in the local area for all young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Oxfordshire County Council have developed a website that contains information and links to further information covering all aspects of support available in Oxfordshire. It is great to have all of the information in one location, however learning to navigate this information and locating information relevant to each individual child will be a challenge for many.
This link will take you to Oxfordshire’s Local Offer information:
A personal budget is an amount of money identified by the Local Authority and Health Provider (as appropriate) to deliver provision set out in an EHC Plan, where the parents or young person has requested that some limited aspects of their care or provision are given via a personal budget. However, Personal Budgets are not created from any new money available to services. Funding for personal budgets comes from releasing the value of a child/young person’s provision from the services they might otherwise be expected to make use of.
Not all services can have money removed in this way without adversely affecting other children that use the provision. These services are therefore not eligible as funding sources for personal budgets. For example, currently all the funding for speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy in Oxfordshire is in a block contract and this means that children/young people cannot have a personal budget for these therapy services.