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Information for SENCOs

Contact a SEND Service

Do you need professional advice for a pupil?

Here you will find details for specialist advice lines, 0-25 team, statutory SEND contacts and general enquiries.



An education, health and care plan (EHCP) is a legally binding document that:

  • describes all of the special education, health and care needs of the child or young person which relate to their disability

  • sets out all of the extra help and support they will need to overcome barriers to learning

  • identifies meaningful education and other outcomes they would like to achieve as they prepare for adult life.

Most children and young people with additional needs don't need an EHCP. Nurseries, schools and colleges have a duty to put support in place to make sure their pupils with additional needs are learning and developing along with their classmates. They regularly evaluate the support they provide to make sure it's working.

When a child's needs are more complex and can't be met by their nursery, school or college, you can then request an EHC assessment, to see if an EHC Plan is the next step.

Further information is available:

EHCP Process

Support for the EHCP

Contacting the statutory SEND team

Your DSPL 4 Managers and SEND Lead have frequent contact with the DSPL 4 link EHCP Coordinators.  If you have questions which you cannot find the answers to, please contact: or and they will try to find out for you.

Easy to read fact sheet

EHCP Assessment Request Form - scroll down to download the 0-15 and 16+ assessment request forms.

EHCP Review Form