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The difference between a statement and an education, health and care (EHC) plan

How you're involved

You will be more involved in creating the EHC plan. The views of the child or young person and their families is an important part of this process. 

What an EHC plan looks like

An EHC plan is longer than a statement. It has 11 sections labelled A to K.

A statement has 6 parts numbered 1 to 6.

See this table that shows the difference between a statement and an EHC plan:

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Statement of SEN compared to EHC plan
Statement of SEN (parts 1 to 6)Education, health and care plan (sections A to K)
Part 1: introduction Section A: the views, interests and aspirations of the child and their parents, or of the young person
Part 2: special educational needs Section B: the child or young person's special education needs (SEND)
Part 3: special educational provision Section C: the child or young person's health needs which relate to their SEND
Part 4: placement Section D: the child or young person's social care needs which relate to their SEND
Part 5: non-educational needs Section E: the outcomes sought for the child or young person
Part 6: non-educational provision Section F: the special educational provision required by the child or young person
No additional information Section G: any health provision reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities that result in the child or young person having SEND
Section H1: any social care provision that must be made for a child or young person under the age of 18, resulting from section 2 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 (CSDPA)
Section H2: any other social care provision reasonably required by the learning difficulties or disabilities that could result in the child or young person having SEND
Section I: placement
Section J: personal budget, including arrangements for direct payments
Section K: advice and information

Read our EHC plan page where you can find a sample EHC plan. 

Education, health and care

The main focus of EHC plans are the SEND of the child or young person. 

EHC plans also have sections that look at health or social care needs that impact on the child or young person's SEND. If needed, the plan will include the support from health or social care to meet those needs. 

Focusing on the future

EHC plans are more aspirational than statements. They focus on what help the child or young person needs from everyone around them to achieve their goals. EHC plans include a section on outcomes to do this. Statements don't have this. 

Unlike statements, EHC plans can continue in a post-16 setting if the young person still needs one. 

Personal budget 

Parents or carers or a young person can choose to get a  personal budget to secure some of the provision written in an EHC plan. This wasn't possible with statements. 

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