The LA must reply within six weeks (this is required by regulation 4(1) of the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014). They should always reply to you as a parent or young person – even where the request was made by the school or college.
Make a note of the six-week deadline for the LA’s reply. If they do not respond in time, please see our Further Resources section for links to letter templates to assist you.
This means that you do not have to prove that an EHC plan is necessary to obtain an assessment, you just have to show it may be necessary. If you think your child needs more help than the school can provide, you can ask for an assessment.Please note that it is after the assessment that the LA will decide whether they will issue an EHC Plan.