Education Health Care Plans (EHCP) have replaced Statements of Special Educational Needs. The plans are for children and young people aged between 0 and 25 years of age who have a special educational need.

All students at Heltwate School will have an annual review of their Education Health Care Plan (Called a Section L review).

The school will ensure that teachers monitor and review the pupil’s progress during the course of a year.

The EHCP timetable is coordinated at school and the Class Teacher will hold the EHCP review meeting. Support where needed is given by the Deputy Headteacher. Relevant persons are notified within good time (usually 4 weeks notice) of the proposed meeting date and proposed amendments are advised of in advance. Meetings are currently held virtually.

A record of the meeting (Section L) is sent to the Local Authority along with any amendments which were agreed at the meeting together with an updated EHCP target report. The Local Authority then process these changes and will email the amended EHCP and relevent reports to parent / carers.

The Heltwate School EHCP team are dedicated to the process and believe that this student led process is core to ensuring that the needs of the student are met.

For more information please contacts the SAMs team on (01733) 747474 or visit Education Health Care Plans – Peterborough City Council weblink


These meetings are a statutory requirement and is therefore in the best interest of your child that you attend.

If you are unable to attend please contact us at school on 01733 262878

Before the meeting tasks place it is always worth having a conversation with your child to get an insight into their views on their progress. Ask them about their dreams and aspirations for the future.

Heltwate will always send you out paperwork to complete before the meeting. We ask for information regarding:
1. Significant events or information that has taken place over the last 12 months.
2. What your child is interested in and enjoys.
3. Who is important to them?
4. What is important for them?

If you have any up to date reports and medical notes etc please bring these along.

Do not forget – as the EHCp is all about your child we can personalise the front page with an image of their choosing. A photograph, a drawn image or even a coloured in one.


The meeting itself is a group effort. Very interactive with all people attending the meeting (including the child if they are able) to contribute.

During a Section L we will:
1. Check all addresses and contact information is up to date.
2. Update significant information for the last 12 months.
3. Go through Strengths and Needs and see if this needs amending.
4. Update interests and aspirations.
5. Review reports sent in.
6. Comment on the progress made regarding outcomes.
7. Agree on the following years outcomes.

All Year 6, 11 & 14 students have to have a Section L review by the end of their first autumn term. Were possible school will try and rearrange appointments.

For everyone else the review process has to start at approximately the 10 months from the anniversary of the transfer. Again staff will try and accommodate any changes.

If you fail to turn up to a meeting without notifying the school all attempts will be made to contact you and rearrange. Please make best efforts to attend.

Any professionals that are involved in your child’s life; please ask them to attend or contact school if you want us to send an invite.

In addition to this a SAMs officer may be in attendance as well as other members of the Heltwate team.

You may want to contact charities that support parents and students during the Section L review.

Of course we would love to have the child present, after all it is about them, as well as a social worker if they have one.

After the meeting has taken place staff will have 2 weeks to send the paper work and evidence off to the Local Authority SAMs team.
From here they will send you out a letter of amends, stating any changes to the EHCp. You will then have a time to contact the team and ask for any additional changes.

The SAMs team will then send out the new draft of the EHCp to all parties involved.