Click on the headings below to find out more about Annual Reviews.
What is an Annual Review?
If you have an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP) it will be checked every year. This is called an Annual Review.
The aim is to look at what progress you have made and decide if anything needs to change for next year.
Your school or college will hold a meeting and invite you and other people who support you.
How do I get ready for my Annual Review?
Your views, wishes and feelings are an important part of the Annual Review meeting.
Whoever arranges the meeting will give you two weeks to prepare so that you can give your views in any way you feel is right.
Your school or college should help you to prepare.
Here are some things you might want to think about:
- Has anything changed in the last year?
- Have you achieved the outcomes (targets) in your EHCP?
- Is the support you are getting still helping?
- Is there something new that you would like to work towards?
- Is there anything you can think of to help you to reach your targets?
What happens at my Annual Review meeting?
At the Meeting, everyone might talk about what is going well or not well, and what your goals are for the future.
This could be about where you want to study or live, how you can travel there independently, who or what can help you.
It is important that you have your say during the Annual Review, you can do this by taking part in a way that works for you. You can:
- Choose to be there for the whole time or what part of the meeting to attend
- Know that you have the right to leave at any time
- Have a list of things you want to talk about
- Have the meeting in a place you feel comfortable
If you don’t want to go to the meeting that’s ok. You could share your views in another way, like:
- Write a list of what you like and don’t like about your support
- Draw some pictures to show how you are feeling
- Create a collage or make a slide show of photos
- Video yourself talking about your thoughts
- Ask an adult you trust to share your views
Some of the above text was created by Flare (Council for Disabled Children Young People's Advisory Group) see their leaflet.
What happens after my Annual Review meeting?
After the meeting your school or college will send a report to everyone that joined the meeting.
This report will include:
- If anything needs to change in your EHCP
- If you should move to a different school or college
- If you no longer need an EHCP
- Or if everything should stay the same
If you do not agree with a decision, then we can help you to understand what to do next.