SENDMatters: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Education for children and young people with SEND

We will continue to keep track of the latest guidance and government advice and will provide updates and the latest guidance through these pages and for education settings on the Bromley Education Matters website

Schools, nurseries and colleges

The Department of Education (DFE) has updated its guidance about  What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges giving information for parents and carers about the return to education for children and young people in schools, nurseries and colleges. Guidance includes the latest information about how we can help to make nurseries, schools and colleges as safe as possible, mixing and bubbles, face coverings, Covid19 symptoms and testing.

Test and trace support payment for parents

Parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a test and trace support payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria. The extension of the test and trace support payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary local authorities in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities. 

Eligible applications for a child’s isolation from 8 March will be accepted

Apply for support payment

Clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) children and shielding

The Department for Health & Social Care and the Department for Education have made a decision regarding children who were previously advised to shield that they no longer need to.

Read the children and young peoples shielding list removal letter and the shielding list frequently asked questions. 

Home to school transport

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.

Home to school transport guidance