Here we are again!

This is where we hope to keep you all updated on the latest position for SEND families in Essex and on a national level during England’s third National Lockdown.


As of today, 6th January 2021, we can advise that government guidance states that children with Education Health and Care Plans fall within the Department of Education’s definition of “vulnerable children” and as such are allowed to attend their educational setting.   However, this does need to be balanced with the school’s staffing levels and availability to support pupils and updated risk assessments on a safe working environment within settings.

We have also updated our Graffiti so you can share your experiences of this latest National Lockdown.    If you have any urgent concerns please contact us at  

SNAP Coronavirus Family Guide

Local and National Updates / Guidance

Copy of DfE Guidance on full opening for Special Schools and other specialist settings during National Lockdown – 14th January 2021 – Relevant sections highlighted by EFF

Copy of DfE Guidance on Attendance –  7th January 2021

Department for Education Definition of Vulnerable Children as at 5th January 2021, updated 8th January to clarify that “parents and carers should keep their children at home if they can“.

National Education Union recommendations to special schools regarding pupil attendance:  Coronavirus and SEND | NEU