Xavier last year got a Statement of Educational Needs. This is a legal document that outlines the help and support your child needs in school/educational setting. Not long after Xavier got his statement the whole system changed and it is now called an EHCP – Education & Health Care Plan. Xavier will now be moved over to the new system. This document still outlines support needed at school but also now includes health care issues too! Its a much more personalised programme.
With the Statements/EHCPs they have to be reviewed Annually to keep information up to date and make sure everything that has been put into place for your child is still relevant, if not it can be removed and if there is anything that needs to be added on, the review meetings are a perfect time to do this. You as a parent have a say in what is included in this document.
Yesterday I experienced my first ever Annual Review. It was an incredibly positive experience. I was a little nervous going into it purely because I wasn’t sure what to expect.
There are 4 main categories in Xaviers EHCP. These are: Cognition and Learning, Communication and Interaction, Sensory and/or Physical and finally Social, Emotional and Mental Health Difficulties. So for each of these categories there are targets set out for issues identified in this area. It also lists the things that have been put into place and how Xavier has responded to them and what needs to happen for things to move forwards. It is very detailed.
Xaviers teacher was present in the meeting, the Head of the school, and the annual review co-ordinator. I felt very at home and they had lots of stories to tell me about how Xavier had made them laugh or impressed them. They are blown away with how he has settled into their school so well. I am too! I expected there to be a huge upset at the beginning with the huge change but there was nothing at all. He absolutely adores his new school. He comes home from school with a smile on his face. He is progressing and learning. The staff genuinely understand him and that is so important to me after years or him being in the wrong setting and being completely misunderstood. His confidence has grown massively and he is so happy! I can’t thank the school enough for taking Xavier under their wings and nurturing him and believing in him! It means so very much to me. It really is such a wonderful school!
I am so proud of how well Xavier has taken on this massive change in his life like a duck to water.