Latest Coronavirus information relevant for SEND families

At times of crisis, accurate information is vital. With so much Coronavirus information flying around, we want to ensure you can easily access the information you need to make the best decisions for your family

On this page, we have collated all the official Coronavirus information we know of relevance to families who have members with special educational needs and disabilities. We've included our own articles about Coronavirus and other articles from reliable sources. We will endeavour to keep this page updated as the days go by. You can help us by sending us any additional useful, official or informational articles you have seen, that are helpful for SEND families.

Coronavirus national information:

  • 07.01.20 Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: Guidance for all schools in England. ow.ly/ilRL50D2CeH
  • 06.1.20 Education Secretary statement to Parliament on national lockdown ow.ly/MqPk50D1sMc
  • 11.01.20 Ofsted has used the learning from its interim visits and other sources to publish a guide today on “What’s working well in remote education” It “sets out some common myths about remote education and counters them with evidence-based pointers.” http://ow.ly/cGMy30rs8Ei
  • 05.01.20 Children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings http://ow.ly/abvi30rrIg9
  • Main page: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Education and childcare http://ow.ly/efAF30rrIhG

SNJ posts about Coronavirus

Department for Education helpline

The Department for Education (DfE) helpline (see below) offers guidance for anyone with education-related questions on coronavirus – from early years up to universities, plus parents. Tel: 0800 046 8687 (open Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm), DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk 

DfE coronavirus helpline

Commons Education Committee COVID19 Inquiry

The Commons Education Select Committee has launched an inquiry into how the #Coronavirusoutbreak is affecting the education sector & children’s social care. It'll scrutinise how the Department for Education is dealing with the situation. More here:

Commons education committee inquiry

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