Information letter 


My name is John Cadman and I am completing my doctorate in Educational, Child and Adolescent
Psychology at the Institute of Education, UCL.

My thesis is exploring the experiences of professionals and parents when a child’s Education, Health
and Care (EHC) plan is ceased before the age of 25. No research to date has explored the cessation of
EHC plans or how the EHC cycle comes to an end.

• The purpose of the research is to try and understand how decisions are made to cease an EHC
plan, including: who was involved in the process; what were the facilitating factors and/or
barriers that impacted the process; and what are the perceptions of those who were involved.
• The hope is that through this research, factors can be identified to support and promote the
successful transitions of children and young people when an EHC plan ceases. Findings will be
published with the aim of informing future policy, practice, support, and provision.
I aim to gather the views of SEN Officers, parents, and SENDCos through a short online questionnaire
(approx. 10 minutes). I hope you will be interested in helping with this important project and giving
Doncaster Children’s Services Trust’s voice to current research.
Only my research supervisors and I will have access to the data files, all of which will be anonymised.
If you would like to support the research:
• Please ask members of your SEN team to complete the questionnaire.
• Please forward this questionnaire to parents in your area whose children’s EHC plan were
• Please forward information about this project to SENCOs in your area to complete the

Both professionals and parents can access the questionnaire through this link:

This link also contains a detailed information sheet and consent form

Yours faithfully,
John Cadman