You do not need to have a formal diagnosis when implementing an IEP or applying for an EHCP. But to apply for an EHCP, you will need to have identified likely special educational needs. A diagnosis would often be underway when applying, but the application process can begin before a formal diagnosis.
Can you apply for an Ehcp without a diagnosis?
There is no need to have a diagnosis prior to starting the EHCP process. The only difference is that students without a diagnosis will be assessed by the criteria for those young people with Social Emotional And Behavioural Difficulties, rather than on the Autism framework.
What is the difference between IEP and Ehcp?
The main difference between the IEP and EHCP is that the school entirely determines the IEP and the law determines the EHCP. An EHCP can provide for additional funding from the local authority to support the childs needs beyond the amount a school must supply out of its own budget.
Who qualifies for a Ehcp?
Who needs an EHCP? EHC plans are for those children (0-16) or young people (16-19) or adults (19-25) with special educational needs who require support beyond that which an educational setting can provide at SEN support.