How annual reviews work

When a child or young person has an EHC plan, we must review it every year.

The annual review:

  • happens at least every 12 months
  • looks at the progress your child is making
  • checks if targets and outcomes are still fair

The annual review is a formal process. It must follow certain legal requirements.

You and your child or young person should be fully involved. The process should be person-centred.

Understanding the review

The Contact website explains the whole review process in detail. It includes:

Ask for an emergency review

You can ask for an emergency review (also called an early statutory review) if:

  • you feel that things have reached a crisis point
  • your child’s school placement is at risk of breaking down
  • your child is at risk of permanent exclusion

There’s no legal duty for us to do this, but it will help if the school agrees with you.

The IPSEA website explains how to ask for an early statutory review.

If you're not happy with the outcome

If you disagree with what's in the report or decisions that we've made, you have a right to go to mediation and/or tribunal.