We have worked with over 56 different LAs over the course of the SEND reforms. Our position gives us a unique vantage point and has enabled us to:
Analyse how best to ensure that EHC plans produced are effective as functional documents, accessible to families and professionals and legally compliant
Observe the varying quality of professional EHC Needs Assessment reports across England
See hundreds of different EHC plan templates and learn what works well and what could be improved on to ensure the resulting plans are effective as functional documents, accessible to families and professionals and legally compliant
As a result, we have extended our range of services to incorporate Quality Assurance, which offer independent monitoring and analysis from a national perspective.
Self-assessment QA Frameworks
Our range of Quality Assurance Frameworks are ideal for use by SEND teams as part of their Local Authority internal QA procedures. Each framework has been developed to reflect the Code of Practice and good practice in plan writing from across the country.
Choose from one of the frameworks below, or purchase all three at a reduced rate.
Final EHC plan – to measure how well EHC plans meet Code of Practice requirements, reflect the spirit of the SEND reforms and follow best practice in plan production
EHC Needs Assessment reports – to measure the quality, suitability and consistency of professional needs assessment reports submitted for the production of EHC plans
EHC plan template – to measure how well the structure, layout and content specifications of the LA’s EHC plan template enables the production of EHC plans that are effective, accessible and lawful
We will carry out quality assurance of a selection of final EHC plans or sets of professional advice, or your EHC plan template.
How does it work?
We can quality assure as much or as little as you require on a per piece basis. We quality assure EHC plans, professional advice and/or the EHCP template against our QA frameworks (as described above), which reflect both the Code of Practice and good practice in plan writing. We are also able to offer this service using your own QA framework(s) – please contact us for a personalised quote.
What are the benefits of the standalone QA service?
Gain an independent analysis of quality and consistency
Receive a completed QA Framework with specific feedback, general areas identified for improvement, and a quantitative assessment of the selection
“Please do say a massive thank you to all involved, it has been a pleasure working with you all and I do think that your work has seen some real, measureable improvement to the quality of our EHC Plans.”
“A really useful baseline from which to build” … “the work is proving very helpful”
We all know that EHC plans are only as good as the advice used to inform them and often there are elements of the plan that are not fully provided for by the advice. As a valued customer of our EHCP writing service, you automatically benefit from our comprehensive internal QA procedures. This includes a front sheet attached to each returned draft plan with any major issues flagged up, as well as a quarterly Quality Audit report, which provides quality assurance of your EHC plan template and a selection of three sets of professional advice from the previous quarter. We are now offering an additional bolt-on QA service for our customers, for those who would like a higher level of independent analysis and monitoring of their EHC plans and/or professional advice.
How does it work?
We can quality assure as much or as little of the work as you require on a per piece basis. You can request a set percentage of your work to be quality assured on an ongoing basis, or for a particular period of time, or request it on a case by case basis. We quality assure the plans and/or professional advice against our QA frameworks, which reflect both the Code of Practice and good practice in plan writing. We are also able to offer this service using your own QA framework(s) – please contact us for a personalised quote.
What are the benefits of the bolt-on QA service?
Our bolt-on QA service enables your SEND team to:
Gain an in-depth analysis of the quality and consistency of draft EHC plans and/or the evidence used to the inform the plans
Identify general areas for improvement in the planning and assessment process
Take any direct action necessary for individual plans prior to finalising