The Government has today updated the guidance on ‘Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening’.

News - 26 May 2020

The Government has today updated the guidance on ‘Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening’. This comes as settings prepare for the return of pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1st June. Child minders and other early years providers will also begin welcoming back all pupils. 

Also from 1st June, special schools and hospital schools are being asked to work towards a phased return of pupils but without a focus on specific year groups, in order to cater for as many pupils as it is safe to do so. For special post-16 settings this applies from 15th June. Pupils’ risk assessments should be used to inform decisions.

Alternative provision settings ‘should mirror the approach being taken for mainstream schools and also offer some face-to-face support for years 10 and 11 students (as they have no year 12)’.

The aim is for pupils with SEND in mainstream and Alternative Provision settings who have not been attending, and are in eligible year groups, to experience the same return to their settings as their peers, informed by their individual circumstances and risk assessments.

 

In both mainstream and special settings:

  • Children and young people with EHC plans who are already attending their education setting, because they have been risk assessed as safe or safer in school/college, should continue to attend after 1 June, whatever year group they are in.
  • Settings and local authorities should keep risk assessments up to date, to ensure they are able to offer places to pupils and students, whatever year group they are in, where appropriate.
  • Children and young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable and shielding, or who live in a household with somebody this applies to, will not be expected to attend in person.

 

The guidance includes specific information for:

  • Children with EHC plans in mainstream schools, colleges and AP settings
  • Children in special schools and specialist post-16 institutions
  • Children and young people in hospital schools

 

To read the guidance in full visit https://bit.ly/2M0rJiI