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Great client feedback

We have recently had some lovely feedback from one of our corporate clients, who describe our service as

“Always seamless, very quick response to queries and a safe pair of hands; you can hand a tricky case over and trust it will be handled with sensitivity and care.”

This is what we aim to provide all our clients with.

What is an Education, Health and Care Plan?

For families relocating with children with special educational needs, the Education, Health and Care plan (EHC) is potentially an important document to have drafted.

The EHC plan is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through normal educational channels.

It has taken the place of the Statement of Special Educational Needs.

The EHC plan identifies educational, health and social needs and sets out the additional support to meet those needs, including how that support will be funded.  It also allows the parents some say in how they would prefer the funding to be allocated.

It is the responsibility of the local authority to carry out an assessment for EHC plan.  It can be requested by parents, teachers or a young person directly if aged between 16 and 25.

Most special education schools will not consider a child unless they have an EHC plan in place.

For families relocating, obtaining an EHC can take a minimum of 20 weeks and usually, in practice, longer than that, though schools and local authorities will usually make interim arrangements.

As ever, it is essential that parents have a clear “paper” record for a child – including an up-to-date diagnosis, any current support programme in place, and references from the current school.

Other news … universities, nurseries and term-time holidays

University fee levels to rise

English universities will be able to raise undergraduate fee levels to £9250 per year from September 2017.

In a recent survey of elite universities, all said that they intended to charge the higher rate.

It is also possible that the increased fees can be charged to students who have already started their courses.

30 hours free childcare to start in September 2017

The Government is to double the number of free nursery hours available to working parents from 15 to 30 hours per week in September 2017.

Term-time holidays not illegal

Term-time holidays are now being accepted by schools in many parts of the country after councils were forced to update their policy fining parents.

The Government had cracked down on unauthorised absence at schools, despite many parents’ complaints that travelling during the school holidays is more expensive than in term time.

But last year the High Court ruled that it is not illegal to remove a child from school as long as they had a good attendance record.