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EHCP: Moving Into and Out of East Sussex

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Moving Into East Sussex

If your child has an EHC plan or is part way through the statutory assessment process and you move into East Sussex from another Local Authority, your previous Local Authority should transfer your child’s EHCP file to us on the day of your move. If they weren’t aware of the move at least 15 working days prior, they should transfer the file within 15 working days of becoming aware of your move.

As soon as you move into the county, you should also inform the ISEND Assessment & Planning (A&P) team of your move. You can contact them on:

Please be aware that we cannot begin working on your child’s case until:

Proof of residence can include documents such as:

We will contact you if we need any further documentation. 

Once the transfer of your child’s EHCP file has been completed, an Assessment and Planning Officer (APO) will be allocated to manage your case and find a suitable placement for your child.

Transfer with EHC plan

Following your move, your APO will consult with local schools to find a suitable temporary placement so that your child is in education as soon as possible. It may be possible for your child to continue attending their existing school if it is practicable to do so.

The school will hold an annual review meeting either within 3 months of the plan being transferred, or within 12 months of the plan being issued or last reviewed by the old Local Authority, whichever is the later. 

As part of the review process, you will be able to express a preference for an educational placement for your child.

Transfer during statutory assessment

You will need to apply for a school place via the Admissions team:

We will pick up the statutory assessment where your previous Local Authority had got to and decide whether to carry on with the assessment. For more information you can visit our page on EHCP: Introduction, Assessment and Process.

Moving Out of East Sussex

If your child has an EHC plan or is part way through the statutory assessment process and you are moving out of East Sussex to another Local Authority, you must notify the ISEND Assessment & Planning (A&P) team at least 15 days prior to the move. You can contact them on:

We will transfer your child’s EHCP file to the new Local Authority on the day of your move. If we weren’t aware of the move at least 15 working days prior, we will transfer the file within 15 working days of becoming aware of your move.

Once the transfer of your child’s EHCP file has been completed, the new Local Authority will assume full responsibility for your child’s EHC plan, including finding a suitable educational placement for your child.

Help and Support

Assessment & Planning

If you have any questions, you can contact the ISEND Assessment & Planning (A&P) team:

Amaze SENDIASS

Amaze SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Information Advice and Support Service) are a local charity who offer free, independent, and impartial advice for all matters relating to SEND. Contact Amaze SENDIASS:

East Sussex Local Offer directory of services

You can visit our SEND-specific online directory, hosted on East Sussex 1Space, that lists many different services both throughout the county and online. Services include advice, guidance and support groups, activities and events and mental health and wellbeing support among many other topics:

NHS - Health A to Z

While the East Sussex Local Offer aims to provide as much information as possible, there may be some conditions that aren't covered in thorough detail. The NHS website has pages that list all conditions, with information and advice on how to get extra support:


Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.


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