SEN Annual reviews
COVID-19 SEN Annual reviews
The main principle underpinning all of the annual reviews is to ensure that the child or young person is at the centre of the process and can engage with the process in a meaningful way.
Routine delay of annual reviews is not lawful.
Annual review meetings
We recommend that, where possible, virtual platforms are used to hold annual review meetings, when settings return in September 2020.
Should you have any specific questions around how annual reviews could work, please do liaise with them. We are regularly maintaining our online information via schoolsweb, schools bulletin and the Local Offer so do continue to check those.
iSEND staff are committed to supporting settings to enable annual review meetings to be held via virtual platforms. We will be available to support with the arranging of virtual meetings where it is requested by families or settings, so do request this if needed. We have found that attending virtual reviews means iSEND staff can support more settings. We wish to assure you that all iSEND staff members maintain full access to emails and electronic files and will be happy to answer any queries that you may have.
In some cases, it will be more difficult than usual to gather all of the information required for the annual review. The annual review Headteacher’s or Principal’s report should clearly indicate which information is missing, the reason why it is missing and how and when it will be obtained.
We request that following the Annual Review meeting, settings send any paperwork to their area via email or anycomms, not via post please, using the following address and copied directly to your EHC Coordinator:--
SEN Aylesbury Hub: email@example.com
SEN Wycombe Hub: firstname.lastname@example.org
SEN Chiltern South Bucks Hub: email@example.com
Local Authority decision – following annual review
We are committed to continuing to process Annual Reviews in a timely manner. Where this is not possible because of a reason related to COVID 19, this will be done as soon as is reasonably practical. The following are the potential outcomes, following Local Authority consideration of annual review paperwork:
- Continue to maintain the EHC plan in its current form
- Agree to amend the EHC plan
- Cease to maintain the EHC plan
Local Authority - issuing Letters/proposed amended plans
EHC Coordinators will draft and issue any Proposed Amended Plans / intentions to cease to maintain the EHC Plan. Educational institutions will be consulted with through agreed points of contact and given calendar 15 days to respond. Settings are expected to provide a response to the consultation within 15 days, based on their consideration of the paperwork provided.
Every effort will be made to ensure that full and clear information is given to settings and understood by the correct point of contact. EHCCos will ensure Proposed Amended Plans are sent to the agreed contact for each setting and parents / young people electronically. Parents / young people will then have 15 days to respond if further amendments are required. We recognise, however, that absence because of illness, self-isolation etc may affect the speed with which a family or setting can reply. In such circumstances, families and settings will need to communicate with their EHCCo about a possible delay in responding.
Once agreed, a Final Amended EHC Plan can be issued. If no amendments are required to the EHC Plan, a letter will be issued electronically to say that the plan will remainin its current format. Visit the Government website for the latest guidance in relation to amendments to the SEN legislation.
Bucks SENDIAS Service is available for free, impartial, confidential information, advice and support on all matters relating to SEND for children and young people with SEND and their parents/carers. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01296 38375.