‘EHCPs are not fit for purpose’
The introduction of education and healthcare plans promised much for the delivery of education to pupils with SEND, but they may have created more problems than they’ve solved, writes Gemma Corby
It was one of the biggest shake-ups for SEND provision since Warnock: in 2014, Statements of SEN were replaced with education, health and care plans (EHCPs). As with all revolutions, the path has not been smooth, but are EHCPs fit for purpose?
Like all well-constructed EHCPs, let us start with the positives. Unlike the old Statements of SEN, which were centred on diagnosis and provision, EHCPs should be more outcome-driven and aspirational; most importantly, they should focus on what the young person can do, rather than what they cannot. This point is essential not only for the young person’s ...