A joint ministerial letter was published this week from Minister Ford, Parliamentary-Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, and Minister Whately, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care.
The open letter to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, their parents, families and others who support them, explains the current situation regarding the full return to educational settings in September 2020. You can read the full letter HERE.
Of particular relevance to parents and carers is the following extract from the letter:
Helping children and young people prepare for their return to school: to ensure that children and young people receive the support they need to return to school, unless the evidence changes, we will not be issuing further national notices to modify the duty on local authorities and health commissioning bodies to secure or arrange the special educational and health care provision set out in a child or young person’s education, health and care (EHC) plan. This means that pupils should all start to receive all of the provision outlined in their EHCP.
Our focus will increasingly be on supporting local authorities, health bodies and schools as they work towards full provision being restored for all children and young people with EHC plans. We are calling on local services to prioritise support to children and young people with SEND so that they are able to access their usual therapies and other help they need to be in school. We will consider whether any flexibilities may be required locally to respond to outbreaks.