Coronavirus – Vicky Ford MP Letters

Vicky Ford is the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families at the Department for Education.  Her responsibilities include special educational needs and so, she has written open letters to children and young people with SEND, their families, and all others who support them during this time.

Letter dated 24 March 2020

This letter has information relating to the coronavirus, including:

  • links to guidance about supporting vulnerable children
  • links to guidance on isolation for children and young people in residential settings
  • risk assessments for children and young people with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • the Coronavirus Bill and temporary emergency powers relating to EHC plans

Letter dated 30 April 2020

The letter includes information on:

  • changes to the law
  • keeping children and young people with EHC plans in education
  • funding

Letter dated 30 May 2020

This letter is about about the wider opening of schools, colleges and other educational settings from 1 June 2020.

Letter dated 21 July 2020

This letter is about the full return to school in September.

Letter dated 2 September 2020

This letter has information on the return to school, including:

  • behaviour policies
  • risk assessments
  • face coverings
  • specialist and visiting practitioners
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • aerosol generating procedures
  • hospital schools

Letter dated 9 November 2020

This letter provides an update on the New National Restrictions as well as information on:

  • school attendance
  • clinically extremely vulnerable children and young people
  • remote education
  • winter support package
  • face coverings in education settings
  • respite
  • health services for children and young people with SEND