If you’re a parent or guardian of a child with special educational needs, you may be aware of Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs). These plans are developed by local authorities in England to help parents meet the needs of their children. But did you know that EHCP funding can also be used by schools to cover the cost of tutoring? Let’s break down how this works.
What is an EHCP?
An Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) is a legal document developed by local authorities in England to help ensure that children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) get the support they need. The plan outlines the educational, health, and social care support needed for a child or young person up to the age of 25. It is based on an assessment of their needs and must be reviewed at least annually.
How can I access EHCP funding?
If your child has been identified as having additional needs that cannot be met through mainstream school alone, an application can be made for an EHCP. This will then be assessed by the local authority who will decide whether or not your child is eligible for additional support and funding. If so, a certain amount of money will allocated from your local authority's budget towards your child's education, each year. This funding can then be used by the school in the best way they see for which will help to provide extra individualised attention and guidance tailored specifically to your child's learning requirements. Many schools are choosing to fund private tutoring to aid achievement of the EHCP targets.
What are the benefits of using EHCP funding for tutoring?
One-on-one tuition can have many benefits for SEND learners, including helping them stay motivated in their learning; improving their confidence; reducing classroom anxiety; developing independent study skills; boosting their self-esteem; and providing them with more opportunities to interact socially with peers outside school hours. It can also give parents more insight into their child's individual learning needs while providing them with additional peace of mind that their child is receiving the support they need to thrive academically.
EHCPs are developed by local authorities in England in order to provide additional funding and support for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Many learners in England who would benefit from an EHCP plan do not have them due to extreme waiting times for assessments and CAHMS referrals. Education Boutique can offer pro bono assistance to parents to investigate if there are any other ways to access funded tuition for your child, especially if they are school-refusing.
About the author
As a qualified teacher, Lucy Alexandra Spencer founded Education Boutique with the hope of impacting education globally. She now travels the world as a trusted education adviser, winning Female Entrepreneur of the Year at the Thames Valley Awards 2021 and, most notably, joining the Eteach team in 2021. She is thrilled Education Boutique has become the tutoring element within the Eteach Group and feels so lucky to be able to combine her passions for teaching and educational consultancy in this dynamic partnership.