Guidance: Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Department For Education

October 16
15:43 2020


This guidance applies from the start of the autumn term. It provides specific advice on approaches for reducing the risk of transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19) and other operational considerations that special educational settings should follow. It applies to:

  • special schools
  • special post-16 institutions (SPIs)
  • other specialist settings, such as hospital schools
Published 2 July 2020
Last updated 16 October 2020 +show all updates
  1. Replaced references to local lockdowns with references to the local COVID alert levels.

  2. Updated the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  3. Amended the informationon risk assessments for those with an education, health and care plan.

  4. Updated guidance to reflect the actions special schools and other specialist settings need to support full opening from the start of the autumn term. The main changes are listed at the start of the document.

  5. First published.

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