SENDMatters: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Education for children and young people with SEND

Returning to school or college

We recognise that children and young people who have special educational needs and disability (SEND), and their parents and carers, are facing numerous challenges as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

The coronavirus pandemic and social distancing has led to many changes around the way that education is delivered in nurseries, pre-schools, schools and colleges and as a result many children, young people, parents and carers have had concerns about education and how this will look and feel in September.

Government guidance about returning to school or college

Open letter about the return to school from Minister Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families to children and young people with SEND, their families and carers, and those who work to support them. 

The government has set out its guidance for full opening of special schools and other specialist settings from the start of the autumn term. 

The government acknowledges that returning to school or college is vital for children and young people’s education and for their wellbeing.

The first part of this guidance sets out the public health advice special settings must follow to minimise the risks of coronavirus (COVID-19) transmission. It also includes the process which should be followed if anyone develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms while at school or college.

Please also see government guidance about What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Guidance about transport to school and other places of education September 2020.
Learn more about how we are following the latest government guidelines to work in partnership with families, schools and the providers to manage Covid19 risks.

Bromley Education Matters

We continue to work hard in Bromley to ensure that all children and young people can return to education in safe way and that they can continue to receive the support they need.
The SEN Advisory team has collaborated to offer each school a multi-agency support team with a single point of contact to access help and guidance 
This will ensure that they:

  • Facilitate teams across education, health and social care to work collaboratively with schools to improve community wellbeing and build relationships 
  • Recognise the need to talk about our shared and individual experiences and emotional responses as a way of making sense of them and moving on from them 
  • Offer evidence based intervention and useful resources to schools and settings 
  • Recognise that we must be vigilant at all times to the emotional health needs of children and staff 

You can read more about our Special Educational Needs service which works in partnership with families, education settings, providers and professionals across education, health and care.  

Resources for helping a return to learning

Our list of resources should help you and your family to prepare for a return to learning. 

Please also see our our SENDMatters update  which gives you that latest news and update from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) reforms happening across Bromley.

The Anna Freud Centre

We are excited to be working in partnership with the Anna Freud Centre a registered mental health charity for children and families who have created two useful resource packs to support the emotional wellbeing of children, young people and their families as they their return to school.

Bromley Wellbeing Service

This short video has been created by the Bromley Wellbeing Service and is aimed at supporting primary aged children returning to school after lockdown. It may also be useful for younger secondary pupils.

Helping Your Child get Back to School during COVID-19 video

The Council for Disabled Children

The Council for Disabled Children have a list of resources and guidance about coronavirus to share with parent carers, children & young people and education, health and social care practitioners. 

The National Autistic Society

Back to school – a guide for parents

Which includes a table that lists the government's recommended protective measures to reduce risks of spreading Covid-19, together with the potential positives and negatives, from an autistic child's point of view and questions that parents might ask school.