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Letter from Minister Ford to the SEND Sector

2 September 2020

Vicky Ford, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, has published an open letter to children and young people with special educational needs (SEND), their families and carers and those who work to support them.

The letter provides advice and guidance on several issues, including behaviour, risk assessments, face coverings, specialist and visiting practitioners, mental health and wellbeing, aerosol generating procedures and hospital schools, as well as linking to some of the support available to help.

The letter addresses many of the key concerns that the NNPCF has raised with the Department for Education, Ofsted and with Minister Ford directly in our recent meetings. We are pleased the concerns of families and parent carer forums have been understood and are reflected in the letter. In particular, the sections on behaviour, exclusions, home schooling, off rolling, mental health and inspection are very welcome.

You can find a report of our recent representations here

It is now over to school and local authority leaders to ensure that the approach outlined in the letter is actually implemented.

We will continue to work with the Department for Education, the Minister and with schools sector to provide information and intelligence about how the return to school is going for children and young people with SEND and their families.

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