Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND).

This guidance advises local authorities to conduct risk assessments and makes suggestions and recommendations for how that might be done in collaboration with educational settings and parents. It has been put together with help from special educational needs and disability (SEND) sector organisations and outlines pragmatic approaches that local authorities, educational settings, and parents or carers may wish to take.

For Information – Worcestershire have already issued risk assessment forms to be completed and returned by the end of this week.

Kim Taylor, Headteacher at Spring Common has produced a document that has been sent to all Birmingham Special Schools about PPE recommended use. To view this please click on the PDF image below.

 during the coronavirus outbreak
– 1st May

This guidance is about changes to newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


– Updated 30th April

Updated to include that some schools, further education providers and early years providers have contacted us asking us to publish the report of their recent inspection. We had said that we would publish those reports only when providers reopen as normal for all children/students. We are now writing to all providers with reports in the pipeline to ask whether they would like their report published as soon as possible. If they say yes, we will publish their report shortly.


Health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus
– 30th April

The DfE have released a notice to modify section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014. This modifies the duty on local authorities to secure SEN provision and on health commissioning bodies to arrange health provision in accordance with EHC plans, so that they can discharge this by using reasonable endeavours.

It includes an introduction of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. This temporarily amends four sets of Regulations that specify legal timescales applying to LAs, CCGs and others, mainly around processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans.

These changes will be in force from 1st May to 25th September 2020 and they will be kept under review.

For more detail visit Special Needs Jungle –

Although this guidance is lengthy and aimed at local authorities, school leaders may find it useful to read particularly if the school or families are not getting appropriate support.

– 30th April

The DfE have published a disapplication notice with regard to pupil registration. The main points are:

  • A person is not officially a pupil at a school merely because education is provided for them at the school on a temporary basis.
  • Pupils should not be registered as pupils at the school if they attend a hub school. They should return to their own school once it reopens
  • Children who attend school on a temporary basis will still be pupils for all purposes (safeguarding, behaviour etc.) other than registration.

This notice applies from 13st – 31 st May 2020.

– Updated 30th April

This guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has been updated and Aldi and McColl’s have been added to the list of supermarkets taking part in the national voucher scheme.


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