Home / 8th May 2020 – COVid 19 Update inc EHC plans
Here is information on several topics for parents on our network. Please feel free to share these with other Hertfordshire parents that you are in touch with.
Last week the government announced key temporary changes to the law around Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). These legal changes will be in force from 1 – 31 May 2020, but may be extended. These do mean a temporary relaxation of some of the legal rights around EHC plans due to Covid 19.
What has changed?
This means that the usual 20 week time scale can be extended where it isn’t possible to complete an action within the usual statutory timescale due to Covid 19.
You can read the full DfE guidance on temporary changes to education, health and care legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Download the Dept for Education presentation (as a pdf) on the temporary legislation here:- EHC plans – Guidance on temporary legislative changes16402
What is still the same?
Hertfordshire County Council must still:
You can find out more information on Hertfordshire’s approach on the SEND Local Offer Coronavirus page SEND Local Offer
Other sources of information are:
HPCI website: HPCI on the Covid 19 pages you will be able to find this update and also find the DfE slides from the briefing they gave to local areas about these temporary changes.
IPSEA IPSEA school closures and SEN provision
Barrister Steve Broach – who has spoken at several HPCI events has an online webinar:
39EssexChambers entitlements for CYP with SEND and Covid 19
Other EHC related developments – HPCI has been raising concerns about the backlog of EHC Annual Reviews which HCC has been working on and have made good progress on reducing the backlog.
We are also continuing to work with HCC on improving the EHC process letters that are sent out to parents to make them easier to read and understand along with looking at how the process could be improved and contributing to a project on improving the IT around EHC plans.
Getting help if you are struggling
The longer that education settings remain closed then the more strain families will find themselves in juggling home schooling, working, meeting their child’s needs and many other things. DO NOT BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR HELP IF YOU NEED IT.
Don’t forget our HPCI survey about how you are dealing with home schooling and other support matters.
Over 130 people have completed it so far but we would like 500 responses if possible. You can find it here:
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/HPCIcovid open until 25th May.