Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates

This page is where you can find updates for COVID-19.

Please click the links below for school updates and information for parents, carers, and those working with children and young people:

COVID-19 (coronavirus) absence: click here to view the quick guide for parents / carers. Information about schools.

Coronavirus: Supporting children, young people, and families.

When to book a Covid test for your child 

The Department of Health and Social Care have today published 'Guidance to parents and guardians: when you should book a coronavirus test for your child'.

The letter, from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families re SEND addresses the New National Restrictions which came into force on the 5th November, and how they might affect CYP with SEND and their families.

The letter includes guidance and information on the following topics/issues:

  • School attendance
  • Children and young people who are clinically extremely vulnerable
  • Remote education
  • The new winter package to provide further support for children and families
  • Face coverings in education settings
  • Respite
  • Health services for CYP with SEND
Click here to view the letter from Vicky Ford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families.

Returning to school after a period of absence

A leaflet funded by the Department for Education and developed by families as part of NHS England's Ask Listen Do project, is intended to help build partnership between families and the school. The intention is to equip families with questions to ask of schools to make the return to school from a period of absence as successful as possible. The questions can be used by families and by young people to support self-advocacy.

Click here to view the leaflet.