These plans of course are going to be replacing the statements.
Every Local Authority will have slightly different ways of doing this such as their timetable to when each year group will start the transfer review as well as how the plans will actually look.
Myself and one of my fellow Mummy friends went along to an information forum just last week about the EHC plans and how it was being done in my LA which is Cheshire West & Chester.
We both found it really useful - if anything similar comes up in your area then I can't recommend enough that you try and go along to it!
The information event was full of tips on how to complete the parent section of the plan, how to make sure all relevant information is included and the tight timescales - I came away with lots of ideas for our plan! :)
The key is to be super organised to ensure everything is submitted in time.
According to my LA's published timetable, DS will start his transfer review very soon so straight away, I have made a start in gathering the relevant reports that we need to support it.
A few days later, I received the 'My Story' part of the plan through the post for me to complete.
Perfect timing as my head was still programmed in 'EHCP' mode :)
So one night, when I was alone, had peace, quiet and a large mug of tea, I sat down and made a start...
We have been chatting away about it yesterday and messaging each other :)
I had hand cramp around half way through but feel that I covered everything that I needed to. It was gone midnight by the time I had finished it!
The next day, I collected DS from school and as I was walking home with him, something else suddenly popped into my head which made me think "ah! I could do with including that into the plan!"
So that night, I added it in.
My tip is to sit down when you are not too stressed or tired and get yourself comfortable.
I thought I would share a few of my tips that I found beneficial and hopefully will be useful to you :)
- I purposely chose a evening when I was alone and with no distractions. The TV was off and I just had the patio doors open bringing in a nice cool breeze.
- Also when you have finished it, don't submit it right away. Just sit on it for another day (time permitting of course) in case other things pop in your head that you need to include before sending it off.
- Give it to someone else to read who knows your child or young person just in case you have missed something out. It's so easy to leave something pretty significant out when that thing is very normal to you as you do it everyday! :) I got DS's Dad and Nanny to read it just in case but both said I had included absolutely EVERYTHING! haha
- Re-read it yourself. That night I read it before going to bed. The next day, I read it again and tweaked it a bit. I feel it's just right now :)
- Be organised. It's too much of an important document to leave until last minute. Yes it's a long document to complete but my tip is to find time to complete much sooner than the deadline
- Also make sure that all relevant documentation to support it are up to date or current, again arrange this sooner rather than later.
- I have made a photocopy of what I have completed. This is typically just me, but I like to have a copy so I can check that all points I made in the form are transferred over to the new plan.
There are online resources for completing the plan and the plan itself, check out your LA website on these.
I also found some examples of a completed plan online which is good to use as a guide :)
I would look at your LA's published timetable to when your child will be starting their transfer as it will give you an idea as to when you need to start getting everything together.
I will do another post about this when we are further along the transfer.
Hope that's been of some help :)
Love Amanda xx