The coproduction illusion: considering the relative success rates and efficiency rates of securing an Education, Health and Care plan when requested by families or education professionals

Journal article


Soan, Sue and Boddison, Adam 2021. The coproduction illusion: considering the relative success rates and efficiency rates of securing an Education, Health and Care plan when requested by families or education professionals. JORSEN. 21 (3). https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-3802.12545
AuthorsSoan, Sue and Boddison, Adam
Abstract

This comparative study examines success and efficiency rates for Education, Health and Care (EHC) needs assessments in England when requested by families or education professionals. England is the only nation in the UK with EHC needs assessments. These are requested from the Local Authority (LA) if the school’s ordinarily-available provision is insufficient for individuals to make expected progress. Policy states that needs assessments should include parents, pupils and professionals in all decision making (coproduction). After a needs assessment, the LA may issue an EHC plan. This study considers whether the outcome of a needs
assessment (issuing an EHC plan) is independent
of the source of the request. Statistical analysis
compared outcomes of needs assessments requested families and education professionals.

Analysis of publicly-available datasets and policy
provided further context. Findings included: (i) a
need for further research to explore inconsistencies in outcomes of needs assessments across England; (ii) LAs efficient at issuing EHC plans were consistently efficient for requests from education professionals and families; (iii) a potential discrepancy between families’ perceived level of involvement and the reality: a‘coproduction illusion’.It is proposed that policy and guidance in England requires revision to ensure consistent use of language, roles, and responsibilities.

KeywordsSpecial educational needs; Education policy; Schools; Leadership
Year2021
JournalJORSEN
Journal citation21 (3)
PublisherWiley
ISSN1471-3802
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-3802.12545
Official URLhttps://nasenjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1471-3802.12545
Publication dates
Online29 Sep 2021
Publication process dates
AcceptedJul 2021
Deposited11 Oct 2021
Accepted author manuscript
Supplemental file
Supplemental file
Output statusPublished
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