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.

SEND briefing from DfE

Friday 26th February: COVID "recovery" briefing for SEND stakeholders from DfE can be downloaded here

Testing in specialist settings

This information was sent out by the Department for Education w/e 26 February 2021:

"We have worked hard to give specialist settings additional flexibility on testing as attendance increases. For specialist settings this means: · On-site testing can continue in larger numbers in specialist settings if that is the most appropriate way of testing being accessed. We have built into funding that, should they choose to, SEND settings can maintain a full-scale on-site ATS (Asymptomatic Testing) at their school. If students are unable to test on-site but could be tested at home by a suitably competent adult, settings can provide home testing kits to them from the outset (without the pupil being tested at an ATS first), where this is appropriate for the pupil/student. We are continuing to work proactively on other approaches to testing for children and young people who are unable to tolerate a throat or nasal swab.

Department for Education

This information will be updated here in our course.

Coronavirus national information:

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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