In December last year, the DfE announced that funding was available for 1,000 air cleaning units for SEND and Alternative Provision (AP) settings, including SEND units in mainstream settings. These are for poorly ventilated teaching spaces and staff rooms where quick fixes to improve ventilation are not possible.
On 2 January, an additional 7,000 units were announced for poorly ventilated teaching spaces in state-funded state funded schools (primary and secondary), FE colleges and early years settings.
SEND settings that were not successful or did not apply in the first round in November are eligible to apply in this round.
Settings can apply for funded units using the following form, with applications open until 9am on 17 January: Application form for DfE-funded air cleaning units
For those settings that are not eligible for funded units, the online marketplace provides a route to purchasing air cleaning units directly from suppliers at a suitable specification and competitive price.
Should you have any queries about the application process or eligibility criteria for a DfE-funded air cleaning unit, please see the ‘How to’ Apply for a DfE-funded air cleaning unit guidance or contact the DfE coronavirus helpline on 0800 046 8687.