Is a One Page Profile the same as Section A of EHC Plan
In a word – NO!
Having a one page profile attached to an Education, Health and Care Plan will provide a great foundation for children, families and their school to ensure EHC Plans are produced using a person-centred approach but a one page profile is not a legally enforceable document.
One Page Profile
A one page profile tells us about the child or young person as an individual. It is a simple way to start personalising education. It is a person-centred thinking tool that provides a way to capture who each pupil is and how best to support them – as far as is possible on one page.
Section A of the new Education, Health and Care Plans is to record “the views, interests and aspirations of the child and his or her parents or the young person.” This should include:
- Details about the child or young person’s aspirations and goals for the future (but not details of outcomes to be achieved).
- Details about play, health, schooling, independence, friendships, further education and future plans including employment (where practical).
- A summary of how to communicate with the child or young person and engage them in decision-making.
- The child or young person’s history.
- If written in the first person, the plan should make clear whether the child or young person is being quoted directly, or if the views of parents or professionals are being represented.
Section A is NOT a one page profile.
There are many similar aspects (e.g. how to communicate, engage in decision making, friendships, play, etc) which has lead to this confusion. However, any school using a truly person-centred approach for their children and young people will know (or see) the potential and benefits of using One Page Profiles for all children. One page profiles are not just for children with EHC Plans, they are useful for all children.