Thanks JMK very comprehensive. However I must say that there is so much wriggle room that in my experience the whole process is a waste of time and money. They just issue a plan but refuse to put any provision in it that cannot be easily funded using the money the school already has and so nothing changes. Or they don't issue a plan because they have rules about how bad things have to be to get one. i.e. it's not just having SEN but in our area being around the first centile on several tests or being very aggressive at school daily. That's pretty bad!!! - anything less bad no EHCP. They are not really held to account for the outcomes just for the provision so you battle and battle to get better provision when your child is not on the trajectory towards the outcomes. I am riddled with cynicism but have to say our area is apparently the worst so hopefully others will have more joy.
Mum to DS, Jealous Dog (13) and DS, Monkey Boy (11), married to Rundad