Statements of SEN

Statements of SEN were replaced with education, health and care (EHC) plans in 2014 and are no longer being issued.

For children with a statement of SEN who do not yet have an education, health and care (EHC) plan, the statement remains the document that identifies the support and systems that will help the child.

Annual reviews

Annual reviews of the statement will be held and requests for amendments can be made. Until the annual review meeting is explicitly changed to the transfer meeting (see below) the Education Act 1996 and SEN Code of Practice 2001 remain in force.

For existing statements of SEN please use the following annual review meeting format below.

Any queries or information relating to annual reviews should be sent to EHCReviews@northamptonshire.gov.uk

Policy documents related to existing statements:

Contact us

For queries about existing statements email:

EHCP@northamptonshire.gov.uk 

Transitioning to an EHC plan

Children with existing statements of SEN will transition to the EHC system by 2018.

The transition plan gives full details of how this will happen. The plan will be reviewed annually over the transition period and a new plan published each September.

The table below sets out the national curriculum years and other groups of children or young people that will move to the new system in any given transition year. In Northamptonshire this will mean approximately 1000 will transfer each year.

Due to this significant number of transfers it will only be possible to transfer individuals outside their transition year in exceptional circumstances. This will be reviewed annually as part of the plan review.

Transition yearNational curriculum year and groups to transition
​Year 1: September 2014 to August 2015
  • ​Year 9, 11, 13 and 14
  • existing EHC Plans from pilot
  • children with statements moving into the county
  • young people leaving custody
​Year 2: September 2015 to August 2016
  • ​Year 0 (reception), 6,9,11,13
  • any transfers from an early years setting to school; primary to middle school or secondary school and transfers from mainstream to special school or vice versa.
  • children with statements moving into the county.
  • young people leaving custody
​Year 3: September 2016 to August 2017
  • ​ Year 3, 4, 6 and 9
  • any transfers from an early years setting to school; infant to junior school; primary to middle school or secondary school and transfers from mainstream to special school or vice versa
  • children with statements moving into the county
  • young people leaving custody
​Year 4: September 2017 to April 2018
  • Year 3, 6 and 9
  • any transfers from an early years setting to school; infant to junior school; primary to middle school or secondary and transfers from mainstream to special school or vice versa
  • children with statements moving into the county.
  • young people leaving custody

Young people with a Learning Difficulty Assessment who will be continuing in further education, training or apprenticeship can request a statutory assessment which may result in an Education, Health and Care Plan.

Learning Difficulty Assessments ceased from September 2016.

The transition process

From September 2016 there will be two transition processes followed as detailed in the published transition plan and individual letters sent to parents and young people affected.

The changes to the process identified follow a review of the success and challenges from the year 1 transition process including feedback from parents, young people and schools. The transition process is under continuous review to improve the service and outcomes for young people.

Supporting documents

Contact us

For all queries about the transfer from statement to EHC Plan, or any information relating to young people currently in the transition years email:

EHCConversions@northamptonshire.gov.uk

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