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Update on Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) redesign


In September 2020, Peopletoo were commissioned to undertake an evaluation of the ‘assess, plan, do, review continuous cycle of improvement’ in respect of the EHCP pathway, and how is this working in Gloucestershire.


Peopletoo have since produced a report which identifies a range of priority areas for action.  Activities to develop the recommendations towards proposals for implementation have now begun and this is being driven through 5 key areas – Redesign of the EHCP Pathway, Co-Production with Children, Young People and Parents / Carers, Quality of Planning and Review, Transitions and Workforce Development. We have since been working on the practicalities of these recommendations.

The key principles that we are trying to achieve in the redesign process are:

  • A pathway where children and young people are at the heart of planning, with their voice heard as part of the assessment and planning process
  • A relational approach with parents and carers, whereby they are supported end to end and where all have equal opportunity to understand and navigate the process and have their voice heard throughout
  • A collaborative approach with schools based on meeting the child / young person’s needs in the most appropriate way - it doesn’t necessarily have to be via an EHCP if we can meet the needs through a My Plan / My Plan +
  • A process that is easy to administer, with the minimum number of hand offs and places where information is stored or created – this includes developing an EHC Portal, a “one stop shop” approach which enables an at-a-glance view of a case at any one time, by all key stakeholders with appropriate permissions to view and input as required

We are very keen to hear what practical things can do to ensure that we achieve these (in other words, if we get it right, what would this look like in practice?).

If you would like to let us know your thoughts, please contact Mark Gray on

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