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From 1st September 2016 Learning Difficulty Assessments (LDAs) will no longer be used.
Young people in further education or training who receive support to meet their Special Educational Needs (SEN) as a result of an LDA who intend to continue in education beyond 31 August 2016 and will continue to require additional support, may need an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) to provide that support.
If you, as a young personwith SEN, currently have an LDA you can choose to make a request to the Local Authority for an EHC needs assessment to be done in order to prepare an EHC plan.
It is important that a request is put in to the Local Authority so that they are aware that the young person may need an EHC plan and to allow the correct support to continue.
Young people (16-25) themselves will have to make the request to the Local Authority.This can be done with support from parents or by parents on a young person’s behalf if necessary.
In Portsmouth the person to write to is:
Ms Alison Jeffery
Director of Children’s Services
3rd Floor, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AL
T: 023 9284 1201
Portsmouth City Council Inclusion Service,
2nd Floor, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square,
Portsmouth, PO1 2EA
T: 023 9284 1238
Ask in writing. Keep a copy of your letter. Make a note of the six week deadline for the Local Authority’s reply.
Include your name, date of birth, address and contact details (it is the young person’s details that are needed.)
State that you are writing to request an EHC needs assessment.
Give details of the college attended, course enrolled on for next year, special educational needs and support needed etc.
For support with this process you can contact:
Portsmouth Independent Support
Tel: 0330 6600 925 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Portsmouth SEND Information, Advice and Support Service (SEND IASS)
Tel: 0300 303 2000 Email: email@example.com