SEND local offer Coronavirus support and resources

This guidance  covers:

  • changes to SEND legislation
  • use of face coverings in settings
  • the framework for supporting transport to and from settings
  • pupils who are shielding or self-isolating
  • actions for all schools and local authorities with regards to recording attendance and absence
  • employer health and safety and equalities duties
  • support available for schools regarding supply teachers
  • performance management and appraisal for teachers
  • health and safety
  • music, dance and drama in school
  • wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity
  • physical activity in schools
  • new resources available for pupil wellbeing and support
  • behaviour expectations
  • primary assessment
  • additional resources available for delivering remote education
  • health and safety risk assessments for those with an EHC plan

Summary of changes

  • Special Schools must work towards the return of all children
  • Risk Assessments are not a requirement, however, Special Schools (like all schools) may find them useful to plan for a return, mitigate risk on return, or identify risks/plans for those who have not returned
  • S42 modifications have now lapsed, therefore education providers must now provide what is detailed within EHCPs rather than the reduced requirement to make reasonable endeavours
  • Temporary changes to the law regarding applied exceptions for EHC Needs Assessments will end 25th September
  • The guidance refers to a system of controls which must be in place, as follows:
  1. the requirement that people who are ill should stay at home
  2. robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  3. enhanced cleaning arrangements
  4. active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  5. formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in the setting and,
  6. wherever possible, minimise the potential for contamination as much as is reasonably practicable
  • As part of planning for a full return in the autumn term, it is a legal requirement that settings revisit and update existing risk assessments (building on the learning to date and the practices already developed), to consider the additional risks and control measures needed to enable a return to full capacity.
  • No changes to guidance on face covers, in summary:
  1. face coverings will not be necessary in the classroom even where social distancing is not possible. Face coverings would have a negative impact on teaching and their use in the classroom should be avoided.
  2. Settings that teach children in years 7 and above, and which are not under specific local restriction measures, will have the discretion to require face coverings for pupils, staff and visitors in areas outside the classroom where social distancing cannot easily be maintained.