Phase transfers without an EHC plan
The standard admissions process applies if a child or young person with SEND:
Phase transfers with an EHC plan
If a child or young person has an EHC plan, they do not need to apply for a place at an education provider through the standard admissions process. The phase transfer process for children with an EHC plan begins when they are in:
- their last year at their early years setting (such as a nursery or preschool)
- year 2 if they are transferring to junior school
- year 5 if they are transferring to secondary school
- year 10 when thinking about post-16 options
Timing of phase transfers
A child or young person’s education provider will hold a phase transfer review. It takes place during:
- the summer term of their second to last year, or
- the autumn term of their last year
The aim of the transfer review is to:
- review the EHC plan
- talk about moving between education providers
- consider the next phase of independence
Parents, carers and young people should discuss which education provider they want to go to next. We will talk to the education provider named in the EHC plan, and other providers that may be able to meet a child or young person’s needs.
Deciding which education provider is right for you
To decide which education provider is best for a child or young person, we will consider:
- the views of parents, carers and the young person themselves, and their school preference
- the child or young person’s SEN and the support required to meet those needs
- the child or young person’s current educational attainment and progress
- responses from education providers we consult with
By law we must name the education provider preferred by parents, carers and the young person themselves, unless:
- the education provider is unsuitable for the age, ability, aptitude or special educational needs of the child or young person
- the attendance of the child or young person would be incompatible with the efficient education of others – and there are no reasonable steps the council can take to avoid this – or the efficient use of council resources (paragraph 9.79, SEND Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years)
The complexity of a child or young person’s needs or disabilities, and the suitability of an education provider, is not a reason in law to refuse a mainstream education. This applies to both attending a mainstream education provider, and taking mainstream courses.
Naming an education provider in your EHC plan
We will tell you which education provider will be named in your EHC plan.
We will issue an amended final plan by 15 February, before a child or young person changes education provider in September.
If a young person is moving to post-16 education, we will issue an amended final plan by 31 March, before the phase transfer in September.
If you disagree with our decision
Find out more about what to do if you disagree with the education provider named in an EHC plan.