NHS Test and Trace App launched.

NHS Test and Trace App launched. On Thursday 28 May, the NHS launched their new ‘Test and Trace’ service across England. This new service will help identify, contain and control coronavirus, reduce the spread of the virus and save lives. From the 28th, anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will […]

Open letter to parents and carers of children with SEND

Open letter to parents and carers of children with SEND, from Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families 30 May 2020

EHCP legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education issues a second notice to modify the duty relating to education, health and care (EHC) plans during the coronavirus outbreak. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/modification-notice-ehc-plans-legislation-changes

Survey of parental views

Survey of parental views on their child returning to nursery/ school or college. We emailed these results to the LA yesterday for discussion later this week.

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for a wider opening.

From the week commencing 1 June 2020 at the earliest, we will be asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups (vulnerable children and critical worker children). From the week commencing 15 June 2020 at the earliest, we will ask […]

Parent Covid Experience

We received an email from a parent “Life in Lockdown Covid 19”. We felt is clearly expressed how all areas of life are affected for families. With the parent’s help and consent it has been anonymised and we are sharing it to encourage more families if they wish to do […]

Guidance for schools and other educational setting

Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students. Click here for more information. This link takes you to the the advice on the governments website.

Government Covid-19 Recovery Stragegy

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and sets out the plans for moving to the next phase of its response to the virus. The strategy sets out a cautious roadmap to easing existing measures in a safe and measured […]

SEN Analysis and Summary of Data Sources

Data analysis and links to statistical release data sources on children and young people with special educational needs (SEN) or a disability. Click here for more information. This link takes you to the the advice on the governments website.

Unpaid carers now included in the Government’s list of essential workers


Relaxation of SEND Law

This is the latest government guidance on the relaxation of SEND law. This is a temporary measure because of the changes brought about by Covid 19. There are two key changes. Firstly that the LA, Health and Social Care do not need to secure the provision in an EHCP but […]

Modifications to EHC plan

The Secretary of State for Education has issued a notice to modify section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014. This notice will be relevant to: local authorities health commissioning bodies children and young people with EHC plans parents others involved in the EHC plan process It will modify […]

Risk Assessments

PCF Update on Risk Assessments. This guidance was published by the government on the 19th April 2020.“This guidance advises local authorities to conduct risk assessments and makes suggestions and recommendations for how that might be done in collaboration with educational settings and parents.” “This guidance document relates particularly to children […]

COVID-19 Week 1: Lock Down Update.

1.A stand alone Local Offer page is being produced by the LA with links to Regional and National support and information and resources. If parent carers find a link that is useful please let the PCF know and it will be included.. 2. The Local Authority is working to produce […]

Advise for the extremely vulnerable


Coronavirus Bill

Legislation (clause 35/36 and schedule 15-16): https://publications.parliament.uk/…/c…/58-01/0122/20122.pdf

Government Guidance and Information

Guidance (including list of key workers): https://www.gov.uk/…/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educa… Information for families: https://www.gov.uk/…/closure-of-educational-settings-inform…