Changes to provision

Support in school

Things are going to be different in school for a while. Schools are following Government advice with Children being grouped in ‘bubbles’ to minimise risk of virus spread.

As a result, the way teaching and support staff are organised across the school may have changed. If you have any questions about whether and how the support your child receives might have temporarily changed you can contact the SENCO at the school.

All nurseries, schools and colleges still have a duty to make ‘best endeavours’ – that means doing everything they can to meet your child’s needs’ (SEND Code of Practice 2015 6.2)

You may find that some services will be providing their support or therapies virtually. Decisions will be taken on an individual basis, taking into account risk factors:

Read the COVID-19 information from Suffolk Specialist Services

The Psychology and Therapeutic service guide to video calls for children and young people

 

EHC plans

The government introduced some new and amended legislation due to coronavirus. For a temporary period there was some relaxation of duties to secure provision, and also around some of the timescales relating to EHC needs assessments and plans - but only if related to coronavirus.

This meant that your child may not have received some of the special educational or health provision outlined in their plan during this temporary period, or that a statutory timescale was extended. 

However, the last notice about the duty to secure provision expired 31st July and all duties now revert to current law. In addition, from 25 September the temporary regulations to relax timescales around EHC processes expire and normal statutory timescales come back into force.

What if provision in an EHC plan is not being made?

The Inclusion service have some information about what you can do if you have concerns provision in an EHC plan is not in place: EHC plans - raising concerns about delivery

 

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