The parent Carer Forum has put together some guidance for parent/carers before schools re-open in June.
This will be explained in more detail at the Zoom Coffee Session on Wednesday 3rd June at 1 pm when we will also have a representative from the KIDS East Yorkshire Children and Young People’s SENDIAS Service available to answer questions. To join us please email: firstname.lastname@example.org before Wednesday.
Department for Education (DfE) Guidance
Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening.
26 May 2020
(This guidance can be found on the PCF Website)
PCF Summary of the Guidance
Nursery and primary schools
From the week commencing 1 June 2020 at the earliest, the DfE is asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups (vulnerable children and critical worker children).
Secondary schools and colleges
From the week commencing 15 June 2020 at the earliest, the DfE is asking secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support to supplement the remote education of year 10 and year 12 students who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups.
Special schools and hospital schools
From 1 June the DfE is asking special schools and hospital schools to work towards a phased return of more children and young people, without a focus on specific year groups and informed by risk assessments. From 15 June, the DfE is asking specialist post-16 institutions to work towards a phased return of young people, without a focus on specific year groups or proportion of learners and informed by risk assessments.
As settings prepare for wider opening, they should continue to offer places to vulnerable children and young people and bring back more children and young people with EHC plans in the target year groups.
Their return should be informed by their risk assessment, to help educational settings and local authorities ensure that the right support is in place for them to come back.
From 20 March 2020 Local Authorities were asked to carry out a risk assessment of children and young people with SEND and were asked to work with parents and carers and young people to complete the risk assessment.
The DfE recommended that these risk assessments are used by the Local Authority and educational settings as the basis for decisions as to whether:
• Attendance in an educational setting is appropriate
• It is safer for a child to be at home
If it is safer for a child to remain at home, Local Authorities, schools and parents should consider whether moving equipment and services into the home would enable them to be supported there. This may include:
• Sensory equipment
• Phone support for parents delivering interventions
• Online sessions with therapists
• ‘In-person support’
• Educational/ learning resources
Phased returns to educational settings
In the spirit of co production, educational settings should contact parents and involve them in decisions about their child’s EHC plan. Similarly, they should contact and involve young people over 16 who have EHC plans. Local authorities will need to reinstate safe home-to-school transport arrangements.
Schools and colleges (both mainstream and special) are asked to work with their local authority and health partners to ensure that services for additional support and early help are available; for example for children and young people with:
• mental health problems
• behaviour difficulties
or who need social care or have changes to mobility
These considerations may apply to pupils and students who were not previously affected by them.
Some important points to bear in mind
• Children who are ‘shielding’ or live with someone who is shielding will not be expected to attend school
• Parents who decide to keep their children at home will not be fined for non-attendance