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We have been asked by a number of parents if it would be possible for their young adult to attend Stepping Out and for their EHCP to be maintained. The answer is ‘yes it is!’. It would mean that the provision would be classified as EOTAS (Education Other Than At School/College) and we could support the young person to work towards their educational outcomes as well as their social care and health outcomes, in other words, everything in the EHCP.
The SEND code of practice clearly states that:
‘Where young people have EHC plans, local authorities should consider the need to provide a full package of provision and support across education, health and care that covers five days a week, where that is appropriate to meet the young person’s needs.’
We have heard that four days a week is often offered post-19 but the Code of Practice goes on to say that:
‘Five-day packages of provision and support do not have to be at one provider and could involve amounts of time at different providers and in different settings. It may include periods outside education institutions with appropriate support, including time and support for independent study.
A package of provision can include non-educational activities such as:
All of the above bullet pointed activities will be offered in a personalised programme for each individual attending Stepping Out, as well as more formal accredited courses if this is required.
If you wish your young adult to come to us for up to five days a week, please do refer to this guidance in your Annual Review meetings and ask for the provision to be classified as EOTAS (Education Other Than At School).
EOTAS has been rare in the past, but is something that the LA are looking at more favourably now as they seek to provide a more holistic approach to support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about this.