In September 2014 the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force with a new SEND Code of Practice covering children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities from birth to age 25. 

Under the conditions of the introduction of this new law we must:

  • convert all currently required Statements of SEN and post-16 Learning Difficulty Assessments to Education, Health and Care plans by 1 April 2018
  • publish a local transitions plan to explain how we intend to make sure this happens

  Download the Transition to the new 0 to 25 SEN and disability system document Opens in a new window

Converting Statements requires a new EHC needs assessment to decide what outcomes and provision should be included in the EHC plan.  We will be using a Transfer (Transitional Conversion) Review to start the conversions process, and in the majority of cases the assessment information in existing Statements will be used. The SEND Regulations 2014 makes it clear that we must not seek new professional advice if it has previously been provided for any purpose and the person providing that advice, us, you or the young person is satisfied that it is “sufficient for the purposes of an EHC needs assessment”.

 Below is our transition plan and an explanation of the conversions process in more detail.

Transition Plan - Torbay
Torbay transitions plan which details when a child will be transferred to the new EHCP system
Conversions Process
A summary of how and when statements will be transitioned to EHCPs