COVID-19 News archive

In reverse date order:

Department for Education guidance for schools (coronavirus) (5th March 2021)

Education recovery package announced (24th February 2021)

Ofsted remote education research (25th January 2021)

FAQ’s for parents and carers (issue 5, January 2021 – from Inclusion and SEND services Suffolk)

School Attendance disapplication notice Education Act 1996 (7th January to 6th February 2021)

Education Secretary outlines plans to support young people (6th January 2021)

Message from the chief regulator, in response to the government announcement – 2021 exams (6th January 2021)

Children of critical workers and vulnerable children who can access settings on-site (5th January 2021)

Read the Department for Education guidance Schools and childcare settings: return in January 2021

Previously on 30th December 2020, due to increased infection rates and planned mass-testing in schools, the government had announced a phased return to education in January only for secondary-age pupils attending school or college:

Read the announcement from the Education Secretary about the phased return to education (30th December 2020)

Read more about the testing programme (starting with secondary schools and colleges and including special schools and alternative provision)

FAQ’s for parents and carers(issue 4, 4th November 2020 – from Inclusion and SEND services Suffolk

Open ministerial letter about the national restrictions and attendance in Education (9th November 2020)

Risk assessment and actions update for schools from Suffolk County Council (9th November 2020)

Department for Education guidance for parents and carers about schools, colleges and providers

Open ministerial letter about the return to school (2nd September 2020)

Department for education guide following exam results: ‘Your results, what next’ for information about options

Qualification appeal process

FAQ’s for parents and carers (Issue 2, 7th August 2020 – from Inclusion and SEND services Suffolk)

Information for schools on how to use the catch-up premium and the National Tutoring Programme (20th July 2020)

Suffolk Principles and Planning Support (PDF) – From Suffolk County Council to support school and setting leaders in preparing; finalising and using risk assessments to inform planning to respond to government information and ambition about a return to school from 1st June (updated 8th June 2020)

Risk assessment/checklist (Word template) – From Suffolk County Council to support schools in their decision-making process with regards to their ability to facilitate the wider opening of schools as suggested by Central Government. (Updated 8th June 2020)

FAQ’s COVID update for parents and carers from Suffolk County Council (19th June 2020)

Billion pound Covid catch-up plan to tackle impact of lost teaching time (19th June 2020)

Additional funding announced to support young people leaving alternative provision (4th June 2020)

What parents and carers need to know about schools, colleges and other settings during the coronavirus outbreak(updated 30th June 2020)

Temporary changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments due to coronavirus (updated 29th June 2020 – extends to 31st July 2020)

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening(26th May 2020)

Letter to parents and carers about the phased reopening of schools  (PDF) – from Adrian Orr, Assistant Director – Education & Learning (Suffolk Children and Young People’s Services) (21st May 2020)

Government guidance ‘Supporting your children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ (updated 21st May 2020)

Guidance for children’s social care services (updated 6th May 2020)

Notice from the Secretary of State temporarily changing the law around EHC plans (30th April 2020)

Help with technology and digital devices for disadvantaged year 10 pupils, care-leavers and children receiving support from a social worker (19th April 2020)

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust launch ‘First Response’ mental health helpline (14th April 2020)

Update from Allan Cadzow (Director for Children and Young people – Suffolk County Council) around the latest government guidance on exercising for people with medical conditions (PDF) (9th April 2020)

Department for Education – extra support for schools and parents to help cope with the virus (7th April 2020)

Ofqual information and guidance for schools, students and parents about how 2020 qualifications will be graded (3rd April 2020)

Read the message from Specialist and the Psychology & Therapeutic Services (26 March 2020)

Read the Minister’s open letter to the SEND sector 24 March 2020