EHCP stands for Education, Health and Care Plan. It outlines any special educational needs a child has, and the provision a local authority must put in place to help them.
An EHCP enables a child to take priority for admission to a mainstream school over other applicants, and it allows that child to be considered for schools where you are out of catchment or even in another borough. It can provide for additional funding from the local authority to support the child’s needs, beyond that which a school must supply out of its own budget. It is usually vital to have an EHCP to gain entry to a special school.
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