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Annual Review: A meeting held once a year to look at a child’s EHC Plan, to record the child’s progress and plan for the year ahead.

Clinical Commissioning Group: An NHS organisation which brings together local GPs and health professionals to plan and fund health services for people in its area.

Educational Psychologist: A professional employed by the local authority to assess a child’s special educational needs and to give advice to schools as to how the child’s needs can be met.

EHC Needs Assessment: A legal process carried out by the LA to determine a child or young person’s educational, health care and social care needs. It is the first step towards getting an EHC plan.

EHC Plan: A legally binding document issued by the LA describing a child or young person’s education, health and social care needs and the support that will be given to them. In Nottinghamshire EHC plan assessments and Annual Reviews are carried out on the EHC Hub (an online platform). You will be given information a few weeks before your child/ young person’s Annual Review is due.

LA: Local Authority – the local county council.

Mainstream school: An ordinary school that provides education for children of all abilities, including those with SEND.

Mental Capacity Act: A law which sets out what happens when a person over the age of 16 does not have the ability to understand information and be able to use that to make a particular decision.

SENCO: Special Educational Needs Coordinator – a qualified teacher in a school or nursery who has responsibility for co-ordinating SEN provision.

SEND: Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Special school: A school that makes specialist provision for pupils with SEND who have a statement or an EHC plan.