Information, resources and guidance relating to coronavirus for families with children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).
Summer activities (Short breaks)
A range of activities have been commissioned by Children First Northamptonshire for children with special educational needs and disabilities of all ages and across the county. There will be 124 places available which will be advertised by the providers. It is expected that sessions will fill up quickly. Activities range from fishing and football to general activity sessions.
Places are limited this year due to the Covid -19 outbreak and the way that activities need to run in order to follow the government guidance:
Should you have any queries regarding these activities please contact
Returning to education
It is the government’s plan that all children and young people, in all year groups, will return to school and college full time from the beginning of the autumn term.
Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) attending special schools should also refer to the separate guidance for
full opening of special schools and other specialist settings - Gov.uk.
If you have concerns about your child returning to school or college, because you consider they may have other risk factors, you should discuss with your school or college the measures they are putting in place to reduce risks in line with government guidance.
All education settings have a statutory duty under equalities legislation to make reasonable adjustments for disabled children. Many children and young people will have found lockdown exceptionally difficult socially and emotionally. Settings should consider any challenging behaviours or social or emotional challenges arising as a response to the lockdown and offer additional support and phased returns where needed.
If you continue to have concerns, please contact the EHC team for further advice.
This letter explains some of the actions that will take place to ensure a safe return to education and aims to reassure parents and carers.
Children that are unable to return to education
A small number of pupils will still be unable to attend in line with public health advice because they are self-isolating and have had symptoms or a positive test result themselves, or because they are a close contact of someone who has coronavirus (COVID-19). If your child is unable to attend school or college for this reason, you should talk to your school or college about what support is in place in terms of remote education.
Your child’s school or college will be able to give you more information about the specific measures they have put in place.
Transport costs for students in Year 12 and up (Post 16 Education) will be refunded for the last two terms of this academic year by the Transport Team.
Due to the current challenges in the working arrangements there may be some delays in processing them, but every effort will be made to repay them as soon as possible.
However if you have not been refunded by end of July, please contact
SENTransport@northamptonshire.gov.uk for further advice.
Department for Education have asked us to make contact with every family who have a son or daughter with an Education Health and Care plan and have a talk about how you are, how you are supported by your school and other agencies is during the coronavirus outbreak.
You can expect to get a phone call from one of the staff from Education Services at NCC over the next few weeks. If your son or daughter is over 16, their opinion would also be valued.
Children with SEND returning to schools
We have received an open letter from Vicky Ford (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families) dated 30 May 2020 and have been asked to share it with families.
Resources for parents and carers
Independent Provider of Special Education Advice (IPSEA) have produced FAQs on how the COVID-19 measures will affect children and young people with special educational needs.
SEN schooling at home
There are home education resources on the GOV.UK website for children with additional needs:
The National Oak Academy is an online school with lessons and resources for parents and teachers. There are specialist lessons available, and weekly assemblies. Find out more information on
The National Oak Academy website.
StarLine is an online resource with home learning advice. They also provide weekly live conversations with guest education and parenting experts on Youtube. More information is available on the
We have put together resources to help support families at this time:
Resources for children and young people
What is Coronavirus Covid-19?
Coronavirus - a book for children (PDF 7MB)
Axel Scheffler has illustrated a digital book for primary school age children, free for anyone to read on screen or print out, about the coronavirus and the measures taken to control it. The book answers key questions in simple language appropriate for 5 to 9 year olds, such as what is the coronavirus and how do you catch it?
News and current affairs
The Week Junior
A subscription printed newspaper for children and young people between 8 and 14
The BBC current affairs programme for children and young people
There are lots of yoga practices for children and young people. We have a few local ones on the Local Offer and there are many online classes and groups you can join:
Lisa offers local classes for children with special educational needs and is offering online classes for regulars.
KarmaKids - Facebook
Heather is a local yoga teacher for children and has a Facebook page for updates on her Zoom classes during the virus outbreak.
The Young Minds website has tips, advice and guidance on where young people can get mental health support.
Local council services for children with special educational needs and disabilities