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HB91 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi everyone, 
I am a specialist TA for complex needs. I have a question regarding EHCP implementation, a school has withdrawn a therapy stated on the EHCP without informing the family and states they will source their own in house alternative. My question being is it acceptable for a school to withdraw the therapy and does their alternative have to be trained? 


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 16,383 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community, glad you haver joined us, I am sorry I dont know the answer to your query but I am sure someone will be able to advise.

    Is there anything in our section parents of children that could help I will try and find something later and pass on if I do

  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,545 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @HB91 and a warm welcome to the community!

    An EHCP is a legal document and must be followed. Are you able to look at the EHCP? If the wording isn't specific then the school can make cuts and still technically fit the points that have outlined.

    Here is a Scope piece about what to do if the school isn't following the EHCP.

    I really hope this can be resolved, but please do let us know how you get on and if there is anything else we can do to help. :)

  • solutionfocusedss
    solutionfocusedss Member Posts: 1 Listener
    Hello HB91,
    What is the therapy that has been discontinued? 
    Essentially no, a school/LA cannot arbitrarily withdraw a stated intervention enshrined in the EHCP - unless it is part of the Annual Review process and has been agreed by the parents and/or ALL outcomes have been reached to an extent that the intervention is no longer necessary (highly unlikely - and clearly not your experience!). Regardless, the parents would still need to be in agreement, or the school/LA provided overwhelming proof that the approach was no longer beneficial. Schools and LA's often want to relieve themselves of a commitment to an evidence-based approach in favour of the less stringent 'eclectic' model of program delivery - which essentially means an ineffective waste of valuable resources.


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