Transfer of Children with SEN to EHC

“This is a Freedom of Information Request to Devon Local Authority regarding the transition of Statements of Special Educational Need (SEN) to Education Health Care (EHC) Plans within Devon.

On the 1st September 2014, how many children in Devon had Statements of SEN?

3,564 restated to 3,380 due to move outs and ceased/transfers out of transfer cohort.

Since that date, how many of those Statements of SEN have been transitioned to an EHC Plan? 1,554.


How many Statement transitions have been refused and the decision made not to issue an EHC Plan? 204.


How many of those Statement transitions that have been refused have been taken to SEND Tribunal? None.


How many Statement transitions that have been to Tribunal have since been issued with an EHC Plan? None.


What is the average time taken for a Statement transition to be completed?


Year 1 (2014/15) – Not accurately recorded. Information therefore not held.

Year 2 (2015/16) – 31.5 weeks

Year 3 (2016/17) – 14 weeks

What has been the longest time taken for a Statement transition to be completed and an EHC Plan issued? 18 months.

How many transitions have started but not yet been completed? 392


How many children are there still on a Statement of SEN that have not yet started the transition process? 1,230


What contingencies are in place for providing ongoing support for children whose Statement of SEN has not completed the transition to an EHC Plan by 1st April 2018? DCC estimates that it will complete by this date and regular monitoring with the Department for Education is taking place.

What is your current timetable for transition of Statements of SEN to EHC Plans?” As per those that have not yet started, see below timetable. Number outstanding = 1,230

Proposed term of Transfer Year group at point of transfer Revised number in cohort No. outstanding
Spring 2017 to Summer 2017 9 321 321
Summer 2017 to Autumn 2017 5 197 197
Summer 2017 to Autumn 2017 6 186 186
Autumn 2017 to Spring 2018 9 270 270
Spring 2018 1 1 1
Spring 2018 2 15 15
Spring 2018 3 78 78
Spring 2018 4 162 162


If you wish to speak with someone regarding the above request, please contact the Information Governance Team on 01392 383000 – ask for information governance – or email