The Department for Education has taken two key steps to relieve councils of duties related to children with special educational needs (SEN) during the Covid-19 crisis.
One is an amendment to the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014, which the secretary of state for education is permitted to make under the Coronavirus Act 2020. The amendment allows ‘relaxation of time periods due to coronavirus exception’.
Read more in The Law Gazette.
The government is to increase the funding rate for universal infant free school meals by just 7p a pupil, it was announced on Tuesday, a move immediately branded “inadequate” by the sector.
The government has provided a further £5.4 million in funding to help families to resolve disputes such as contact arrangements for children out of court.