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COVID-19 | SEND Update | 23.03.20

Emergency Powers

You will be aware that the government set out a Bill that includes provision that would enable The Secretary of State to disapply or modify for a specified period various sections of the Children and Families Act 2014 including those relating to the duty to secure special educational provision and health care provision in accordance with an EHC Plan (s 42), the duty to admit (s. 43) and reviews and re-assessments (s. 44).

The Bill needs to go through due parliamentary process, and once it becomes an Act, it will become law. We will be providing further detail soon.

Key Workers, Vulnerable Children and Schools

As you know the government has announced school closures for everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  The government has now published questions and answers about these changes.

These can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people.

 

Isolation for Children and Young People in Residential Educational Settings

The government has also published guidance on isolation and COVID-19 to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes

These can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings

 

Other key announcements

The other most recent updates on the school closures announcements are:

 

We understand that these are uncertain times and that you will have a lot of questions and concerns. We encourage you to keep up-to-date by regularly checking the gov.uk webpages; this is where we will publish reliable updates and guidance.

If you need any further advice, you can contact the DfE Coronavirus helpline. The number is 0800 046 8687.

Lines are open

Monday – Friday: 8am-6pm  

Saturday and Sunday: 10am-4pm

Last updated: 23/03/2020
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