Open Letter - Minister Ford's Open Letter regarding the return of school in September

Open Letter - Minister Ford's Open Letter to the SEND Sector regarding the re-opening of schools

Open Letter - Minister Ford's Open Letter to the SEND Sector

Joint DHSC and Department for Education Ministerial Letter


Face Covering Exemption Cards.  Child and parent exemption cards.  Easy read and free to print.


Starting School Resources Pack from Beyond Autism - these resources focus on person-centred planning, supporting pupils back to school after the break due to Covid-19.  

​​Contact Families has a great COVID-19 page - take a look if you need additional support, information and advice.

DFE Home Schooling - SEND - Some wonderful resources and games - take a look

DWP have created British Sign Language (BSL) Viedos.  The videos have been produced on cornoavirus and benefit changes.  The include new content for Universal Credit and Statutory Sick Pay. 


** SEND NEWSFLASH ** Supporting Children and Young People with SEND as Schools and Colleges prepare for wider opening - look here for more information about the re-opening of Schools and Colleges and links as well as Government Guidelines for Education


The Government has announced £37 million to support Children with Complex Needs, read the article here for more information.  The Family Fund provides grants to low-income families raising disabled or seriously ill children and young people, and aims to improve their quality of life by paying for a wide range of items that can ease the daily pressure.


Transition to School - The Area Inclusion Co-Ordinators have produced an interim guidance to support Private Voluntary and Independent Childcare settings to support the transition to school for children with additional needs and SEND.  Take a look at the document here


New Guidance for Direct Payments

The Department of Health and Social Care published detailed guidance for people who received direct payment support and personal health budgets.  The guidance includes a details question and answer section.

A letter will be sent to all those who receive direct payments to information them of the new guidance and to provide an update on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Monday 27th April, the GP Care Group will host a FREE Webinar from 6:30p.m. - 7:30p.m. on how to support carers with PPE.  This webinar is open to anyone providing care, such as home carers, personal assistants, informal carers, and those receiving direct payments.  Join the Webinar here



NHS Hospital Passport - Your passport can include lists of what you like or dislike.  This might be about the amount of physical contact you are ok with, to your favourite type of drink, as well as your interests.  The passport helps all the hospital staff know how to make you feel comfortable.  So download yours now and complete

Parents guide to the NHS during COVID-19


Autism:  11 Year Old Elliot shares his tips for life in lockdown.

Elliot is an 11 year old who has Autism, he says that this means that he 'sees the world a little differently from others'.  He says that he 'doesn't like loud noises', 'change' and 'might understand things other people might'.  He shared his top lockdown tips on BBC Newsround

Some of the things Elliot likes to do is:

  1. Follow a Timetable - stick this somewhere where you can easily see it
  2. Schedule in quiet time - add this to your timetable
  3. Create a space in your home to complete your school work
  4. Find things to do to occupy your mind like wordsearches
  5. Do fun things that you wouldn't normally do - like going for walks, which really sets you up for the day
  6. Complete school work on the same day it was set - this will help you to stay in control and avoid you getting confused or frustrated
  7. Improvise and be creative - host a family game night and have fun with your family


  • National Autistic Society
  • Autism and COVID-19; if you are a parent or carer of a child with Autism then look here for lots of valuable information, hints and tips
  • Coronavirus: Your Stories - by the National Autistic Society
  • If you are the parent, carer/guardian of a child or young person with Autism there are lots of useful information and activities here
  • Sensory Circuit workouts for SEN Children and families to try at home.  Watch the video below




British Sign Language Bake with RAD - Watch the Video below and learn how to make your own chocolate bar.

Ingredients you will need to get started:

  • Chocolate Bars (White, Milk or Dark whichever you prefer)
  • Toppings e.g. Chocolate Peanuts, Sprinkles, Chocolate Buttons (I am sure there are many more you can think of, so just bring what you like)




Other information


Supporting Neurodiverse Children in Challenging Times 


SEND & COVID 19 Update