By law, Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans must be reviewed every year.
This has to happen at least:
- once every 12 months - children aged 5+
- once every 6 months - children under 5
The purpose of an annual review is to consider the progress made by a child or young person towards achieving the outcomes set out in their EHC plan.
Then to decide whether the needs, aspirations, support and outcomes in the plan need to change in any way.
The annual review process takes eight weeks to complete and includes and annual review meeting.
Person Centred Annual Reviews
A person centred review is exactly that – it puts your child at the very heart of the discussion, has information available to all and enables everyone to contribute equally.
The review must include your child, people they want there and key people that have to be there.
The meetings are facilitated by someone who shares and records the information. The facilitator will guide everyone through the review and ensure it is person centred.
Person centred reviews provide an opportunity to gather information about:
- what is important to your child now and in the future
- what support your child person needs
- what is working and what is not working in their life.
During the review, an action plan is developed based on person centred outcomes.
For further information, please download the attached booklets and annual review templates:
- Person Centred Annual Reviews – A Guide for Parents / Carers & Children & Young People
- Person Centred Planning Approach to Annual Reviews – A Guide for Educational Settings
- How to share your views for Annual Review
Schools preparing to carry out an annual review can download the annual review forms needed.
This video explains more about what an annual review is and why it is important.