EHC assessment applications: your guide to gathering evidence

Learn how to create a strong application for an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment, including the evidence to provide and tips on making the application clear and comprehensive.

Last reviewed on 19 June 2023
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  1. Routinely collect evidence of SEN assessment and support
  2. Receiving a request for evidence from an LA
  3. Your LA will have its own local procedures you'll need to follow
  4. Make sure you collect the right evidence 
  5. Make the application person-centred
  6. Streamline the application
  7. Get in touch with local SENCOs

Routinely collect evidence of SEN assessment and support

Take some of the stress out of writing education, health and care (EHC) assessment applications by having a robust record keeping system in place.

Having all the information to hand will make your life easier when the time comes for you to write an EHC assessment application.

Continually collate evidence about:

  • Pupil progress
  • Pupil needs
  • Use of the graduated approach
  • Academic attainment
  • Behavioural incidents

Monitor how much time it takes you to gather this evidence, and share this information with your headteacher.

If you notice that the time spent on paperwork is increasing, consider ways to increase efficiency, such as using better integrated software.

Receiving a request for evidence from an LA

The child or young person has or may have special educational needs (SEN) They may need special educational provision to be made through

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