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Can more than 1 school be named in section I of an ehcp???

MrsMwa
MrsMwa Member Posts: 31 Connected
I am trying to please find out can you name more than 1 school in section I of an ehcp? By this i mean a child in a mainstream school on a waiting list for a specialist provision (all consultation papers sent the special needs school selected can meet need etc) can my child have the school they attend in section I (mainstream) with the special needs school ALSO named if there is no confirmed start date of when they will move to the specialist provision (waiting list of minimum 2 years). Very hard to get hold of sen team so reaching out to see if anyone knows anything on here.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,649 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    I would say no because they are only on a waiting list. I would expect them to need a review of their EHCP when they move schools.
    When my daughter moved to a specialist college she needed a review. 
  • MrsMwa
    MrsMwa Member Posts: 31 Connected
    @poppy123456
    hello thank you for reply.
    Can the provision change then come the time the school has space? By this I mean with the ehcp if it is reviewed would this be an earlier review than the yearly one and do you think it possible they may no longer be able to meet need even if consultation papers sent and agreed etc? 
    My child's mainstream school seem to think there can be both them & the specialist school named in section I but I have been told by some such as yourself this is incorrect. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,649 Disability Gamechanger
    I can only tell you my experiences with my daughter. When she changed colleges her review was earlier than the planned yearly one but when she moved it was the start of the new September term and her college wasn't named on her EHCP, which was why the review was needed.
    Yes, it is possible that the needs of your child may not be met when they change schools. I wish my daughter hadn't moved colleges because her needs certainly weren't met and then Covid hit us. She's now left full time education.
  • MrsMwa
    MrsMwa Member Posts: 31 Connected
    @poppy123456
    thank you very much for sharing your experience. I am very sorry to hear that regarding your daughter. What is happening with her education now are you getting any support to find suitable education for her to meet her needs? It is hard because it sounds like you did all of the right things it is just the system is really flawed right now.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,649 Disability Gamechanger
    She's almost 21 and decided that she no longer wanted to continue with education. During most of the pandemic up until she left there was very little college time. I think she got to the stage where she was fed up in general and her anxiety was through the roof at the time.
    Unfortunately, her health condition means she's unable to work but she does claim benefits, which do help a little.
    Good luck with the new school if your child gets a place and i hope there's support in place for them when they do start.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 914 Pioneering
    Hi @MrsMwa

    Thanks for your question. 

    In an EHCP, you only name a school if it is the school that you believe will best fit their needs.

    This is typically so your preferred school can be considered if it is outside of your geographical parameters.

    You can find more information at https://www.ipsea.org.uk/choosing-a-schoolcollege-with-an-ehc-plan

    I hope this helps! <3
    Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of education, special educational needs and disabilities, and assistive technology. Pronouns: She/her.
  • MrsMwa
    MrsMwa Member Posts: 31 Connected
    @L_Volunteer
    thank you for the message!! 
    I felt the special needs school could meet my childs needs ive had to very long chats with head teacher & visited & loved the school but due to years worth of wait we did not name them since they have no space YET! We named the mainstream school but its been hard as my childs needs are very complex i find ehcps very confusing thank goodness for sendiass they have been amazing!
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 914 Pioneering
    Hi @MrsMwa

    I'm always more than happy to help if I can. I'm really pleased to hear SENDIASS has been supportive.

    If you need any more guidance, Scope has an article about choosing a new school when your child has an EHCP. You can find it at https://www.scope.org.uk/advice-and-support/named-school-ehc-plan-ehcp/

    I hope this is helpful but if you have any more questions, need anything to be clarified, or need any further support, please don't hesitate to reach out to us again soon  :)
    Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of education, special educational needs and disabilities, and assistive technology. Pronouns: She/her.

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