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This content is from a booklet which has been written by Amy, a member of the FLARE advisory group. Amy wanted to create something helpful for herself and other young people to prepare for their review meetings. the full booklet can be downloaded by clicking here.


What is an annual review?


How to share your views for your annual review

If you have an Education, Health and Care plan (sometimes called an EHCP) then once a year the Local Authority will hold an annual review of your support.


The people who should be invited to your annual review include:

  • You
  • Your parents or guardians
  • Your head teacher
  • Your SENCo
  • People from the Local Authority
  • Any professionals who work with you

You should be asked to give your views for your annual review. You can share your thoughts yourself, or you can note them down for someone to share for you.


Here are some top tips for sharing your views for your annual review:

  • Give your views in any way that you feel comfortable.
  • Remember that these are YOUR views, everyone else will get a chance to share their views as well.
  • Ask someone to help you write your views.
  • Share anything that is going well.
  • Share anything that is not going well.
  • Share any goals and ambitions you have for the future.
  • Don't let anyone stop you from sharing your views, you have a right to be involved in your annual review.


Different ways that could can share your views include:

● Write a list of what you like and dislike about your support

● Draw some pictures to show how you are feeling

● Create a collage from photos and magazine pictures

● Make a short vlog sharing your thoughts

● Speak to an adult you trust who can share your experiences at the meeting

● You can also use the Thoughts Template which can be downloaded here.


If you would like some free independent advice and support, contact AskUs.

You can find your local service here.

Or you can click here to find out what Information, Advice and Support services do.

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