Key dates

You can apply for a secondary or post 16 place for a child with an education, health and care (EHC) plan online.

Dates for submitting your school preferences

To submit your preferences for the schools you will by applying for you will need to login or create a Parent Portal account. 

You can begin to submit your preferences for secondary schools and post 16 placements from 8 February 2021.

The deadline for submitting your preferences is 31 May 2021.

School place offers

You will be told what school place you’ve been allocated on 17 December 2021.

This is the same date for secondary and post 16 places.

EHC plan issue dates

Your special educational needs (SEN) officer will issue a proposed amended EHC plan. This will include the name of the proposed school the local authority plans to name.

The amended final EHC plan should be issued by:

  • 15 February 2022 for secondary school places
  • 31 March 2022 for post 16 places

There will always be times where securing an appropriate school place takes a little longer.

You will be told if the process is likely to exceed the deadline.