One Plan Project

The Specialist Teaching and Preschool Service established the One Plan Project in 2013 as part of the local authority’s preparation for the SEND reforms. The One Planning approach was piloted, in conjunction with parents, SENCOs of preschool settings and primary schools, other professionals and voluntary agencies. Feedback from the project group is supporting the development of information, advice and guidance on developing Essex as a One Plan environment.

One Planning

What is One Planning about?

One Planning is how Essex describes a person centred approach to assessment and planning for children and young people with SEND.

One Planning is based on the principle that planning should start with the individual and must have regard to the views, wishes and feelings of the child, child’s parents or young person, their aspirations, the outcomes they wish to seek and the support they need to achieve them (SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years, 2014, Section 9.21).

This approach is fundamental to the new arrangements for supporting children with SEND, and should apply to all children with SEND from the point of initial concern, throughout the SEN Support and formal assessment phases. One Planning is a process that will evolve over time, but has specific characteristics, known as person-centred planning, as described in the Code of Practice (Section 9.22).


One Planning Guidance was produced in April 2018 and published in the One Planning section where you can find One Planning tools

Operational locations

  • Essex