Special Educational Needs coronavirus guidance

Information, resources and guidance relating to coronavirus for families with children and young people with special educational needs (SEN).

Northamptonshire Children's Audiology COVID-19 Information(January 2021)

The advice from the Staff of the Northamptonshire's Children's Hearing Clinic is that Northamptonshire's Children's Audiology services are open but running at a reduced capacity.

Kettering

To contact the clinic either call 01536 492136 or email at: kgh-tr.paediatric-audiology@nhs.net

If your child has been referred for a hearing assessment and you have not yet received and appointment and it has been more than 12 weeks, please contact the clinic for an update.

Northampton

To contact the clinic please either call 01604 545810 or email at: childrens.hearing@ngh.nhs.uk

The clinic staff aim to answer calls but if this is not possible, please leave a comprehensive message on the answer machine. They need to know your child's name and date of birth, your contact number, the right/left hearing aid, the problem if you know, the colour of the hearing aid etc.

Any concerns about a change in hearing needs to be reported as soon as possible, so that a timely hearing assessment can be made. Your child's listening capabilities are very important, so please make contact by telephone or email and describe the issue.

Hearing Aid information

Impressions

If your child has loose, ill-fitting or lost ear moulds please make contact with the appropriate clinic who can take impressions for new ear moulds. If the hearing aid whistles or slips out of the ear this is an indication they are too small. Ear moulds need to be renewed as children grow. But if you are worried about coming into the clinic it might be possible to have moulds made from previous impressions.

Consumables

If you require hearing aid batteries, tubing, otoferm cream, drying tablets or stick and stay, please call or email and leave your child's name, date of birth and address and, if known, colour of battery (blue, orange or brown) and it should be possible to send these to you in the post. 

Repairs

Please call or email with any hearing aid repairs and queries or if your child has lost a hearing aid/s.

Kettering have a drop off repair service at the entrance of the department. Please leave any hearing aids with your child details clearly attached in the box provided.

Both hearing clinics have risk assessments, PPE, and COVID precautions in place. If you are concerned about attending please contact them and they can talk you through their  processes. Please share this cartoon with your children if you need to attend the clinic.

Letter to parents from EHC Service Manager

This letter is for parents of students with EHC plans from the Local Authority about the third Lockdown and the impact on students.

Guidance for parents - 8 January 2021

Only vulnerable learners and children of critical workers should attend their educational setting. See Government guidance about who can attend educational settings during the spring term 2021 lockdown.

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak - 14 January 2021

Link to Government advice page for what all schools and colleges need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Department for Education (DFE) - Education in the Media - 6 January 2021

School closures, remote learning, critical workers, nurseries and more: your lockdown education questions answered - read the DFE blog that discusses the latest educational arrangements during the Lockdown that was announced on 4 January 2021.

Winter 2020 education - latest update 20 January 2021

Parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) attending special schools should refer to the separate guidance for full opening of special schools and other specialist settings - Gov.uk.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges - Gov.uk (Last updated 20 January 2021)

If you have concerns about your child attending 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.

Testing in schools

The Dept for Education has asked all secondary schools and colleges to provide covid testing for their students, without symptoms. Advice is available for specialist settings issued on 31 December 2020. This guidance is for leaders and others involved in the mass testing programme.

Following new advice from NHS Test and Trace and Public Health England (PHE), the Department of Education (DfE) is temporarily pausing the daily contact testing element of the testing programme, which was in place as an alternative to self-isolation for those who came into contact with positive cases in schools.

New guidance updated on 31 December 2020

See guidance on shielding and protecting people clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19 .

Children whose doctors have confirmed they are still clinically extremely vulnerable are advised not to attend school while this advice is in place.

Schools and colleges will make appropriate arrangements for students to be able to continue their education at home.

Dept for Education guidance 14 December 2020

For children and young people that need Aerosol generating procedures (AGPs)

Taken from "Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)".

Letter from Minister Ford, 9 November 2020

The latest letter from Minister Ford to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them. This was published on 9 November 2020 from the Minister with responsibility for special educational needs.

It has embedded links to other sites for guidance and support. She describes the commitment to provide education for students in school and if needed, remotely; she also sets out some advice for those children and young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Return to school in Autumn Term

On 8 Sept 2020, IASS, NPFG and the Local Offer co-hosted webinar for parents and carers as a means of asking questions to the Local Authority about the return to school for children with special educational needs and disabilities. Representatives from the EHC team, Transport, Health, SSS, Inclusion, and Education Psychology provided information and attendees were able to ask questions.

This document is a record of the event for those that weren't able to attend.

The Department for Education have published a leaflet with ideas for questions and communication between school and families:

Back to school news

The Local Authority has published information for parents about the return to school in September on the news pages. The SEN link will return you to the Local Offer pages.

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.

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 classroom with lessons and resources for parents and teachers. There are specialist lessons available for children with additional needs. Find out more information on The National Oak Academy website.

We put together resources to help support families that may still be useful.

Resources for children and young people

What is Coronavirus Covid-19?

Meditation

Anxiety

  • Young Minds
    The Young Minds website has tips, advice and guidance on where young people can get mental health support.  
  • Every Mind Matters
    Expert advice and practical tips from the NHS to help look after mental health and wellbeing.

Council for Disabled Children

The Council for Disabled Children (CDC) is the umbrella body for the disabled children's sector in England.

It brings together over 200 voluntary and community organisations (and an active network of practitioners) to champion the rights of children and young people aged 0 to 25 with SEND.

They provide a range of useful information including:

  • official government advice
  • resources from DCP organisations
  • resources relating to particular conditions
  • regional specific resources
  • helplines and other sources of advice and guidance

Visit their website to find out more:

Following the Minister's request, the Council for Disabled Children have launched two e-mail in-boxes on the impact of Coronavirus on children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Send questions to: CDCquestions@ncb.org.uk.

Enquiries about resources: CDCresources@ncb.org.uk.

They provide the opportunity to ask questions about how Coronavirus will impact on children and young people with SEND.

The Disabled Children's Partnership are providing a range of support and information.