England: New and Updated Government Covid-19 Guidance

22 September 2020

Since the start of the epidemic the Government has produced a significant amount of guidance for schools, social services and the NHS. This is sometimes updated and we know that it has been difficult for many parents to keep up with all the changes and know what the government expects to be happening for their children.

This is our weekly post on new guidance and updates for the last seven days starting 11 September 2020 that we think will be the most relevant to families with children and young people with special educational needs or disabilities and their supporters.

So, here’s our selection from the last seven days:

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Sets out what further education (FE) providers need to know for the autumn term so that students of all ages can benefit from their education and training in full.

Change made:

Added updated version of ‘What to do if a student is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

First published: 23 March 2020

Updated: 10 September 2020

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made:Updated guidance on number of people allowed to meet.

First published: 29 March 2020

Updated: 14 September 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): kits for schools and FE providers

Guidance for schools and further education (FE) providers on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff.

Change made:

Updated information on ordering test kits and clarification of wording for different age group test use.

First published: 26 August 2020

Updated: 14 September 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term to support the return of children and young people with special education needs and disability (SEND).

Amended the information on risk assessments for those with an education, health and care plan.

First published:  2 July 2020

Updated: 16 September 2020

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