The Department for Education has published new guidance to support children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening from the 1st of June.
The guidance published today provides information on provision for children and young people with an educational, health and care plan (EHC) and others with complex needs, such as children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) who do not have an EHC plan but for whom the educational setting or local authority has exercised its discretion to do a risk assessment and offer a place at an educational setting.
Alternative provision settings are asked to mirror the approach being taken for mainstream schools and also offer some face-to-face support for years 10 and 11 students (as they have no year 12). Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools will work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus on specific year groups. For special schools and hospital schools this applies from 1 June; for special post-16 institutions this applies from 15 June.
Key sections of the guidance cover:
- updating risk assessments,
- phased returns to educational settings,
- supporting children with EHC plans in mainstream schools, colleges and alternative provision settings;
- supporting children in special schools and specialist post 16 institutions,
- supporting children and young people in hospital school.
The new guidance on how this applies to children and young people with SEND can be found at: Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening
The DfE advise that the new guidance should be read alongside a range of further guidance, which is listed below.
The Council for Disabled Children welcomes further guidance for children with SEND. We look forward to a time when all children with SEND can return to school safely, and that parents and children can be confident that they are able to access the full range of support to meet their needs.
The DfE advises that the new guidance should be read alongside:
- Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 and actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak, which sets out the overarching aims and principles of wider opening and the next steps for education and childcare providers.
- Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings.
- Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care – guidance about preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Guidance on isolation in residential educational settings.
- Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak.
- Guidance on the changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus.