Guidance: Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus

Department For Education

May 29
18:59 2020


This guidance is applicable to 30 June 2020 and will be reviewed before 1 July 2020.

This guidance is for:

  • families and parent carer forums
  • SEND Information, Advice and Support Services
  • local authorities (both their SEND and social care services, at a strategic and operational level)
  • health commissioning bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (at both strategic and operational level)
  • early years providers
  • schools and colleges
  • other education settings
  • mediation advisers
  • others who contribute advice and information to EHC needs assessments, such as:
    • educational psychologists
    • other health care professionals

It should be read alongside the special education needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years.

The code of practice does not reflect the temporary changes to the law described in this guidance.

We have also published related guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities, schools and other educational settings which you may find useful.

Published 30 April 2020
Last updated 29 May 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated guidance with additional or amended material, including as to: cases in progress on 1 May 2020; annual reviews for those with EHC plans changing phase of education; actions following a tribunal ruling; and unchanged duties in relation to social care provision in plans. Also improvement to the format of the tables in Annex A and a minor change to footnote 1.

  2. First published.

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