Councils are struggling to complete children’s education and care plans before the new school year because of a shortage of specialists
Councils in England are struggling to assess the level of support children with special educational needs require because of a shortage of educational psychologists, with the start of the school year just days away.
Education, health and care plans (EHCPs) set out the extra provision that children with high special educational needs and disabilities (Send) are legally entitled to. To decide whether to provide an EHCP, and what should go in it, councils must carry out an assessment, sourcing advice and information from an educational psychologist.
More than 130 children start support plans every day. This has not been accompanied by an adequate increase in funding