Supporting Pupils with SEND
The Government has launched an emergency £10m fund to support around 19,000 children who have special needs with home education. It also confirmed that the £26m Family Fund will continue in 2020-21.
The fund offers grants, usually of between £400 and £500, to families on low income with seriously ill or disabled children to help cover costs of equipment, goods or services. The government predicts that 75,000 families will get support next year.
A £10m pot provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is dedicated especially to the ‘unique difficulties’ created by the current pandemic.
The money will help families teach and care for their children who are ‘staying at home more than usual’. Computers, educational toys and specialist equipment are three examples of what the cash could be used for.
Families will need to meet the following criteria:
Children and young people with additional support needs arising from a disability or disabling condition or with a serious or life limiting illness meet this criteria where:
There is evidence that their additional needs impact on family’s choices and their opportunity to enjoy ordinary life; the degree of planning and support required to meet their needs are much greater than that usually required to meet the needs of children and they require a high level of additional support in three or more of Family Fund’s seven areas of support below.
Their condition is long term or life limiting (by long term we mean lasting or likely to last 12 months or more).
Your child should require additional support in at least three of the seven areas below:
- Personal care– we mean things like physical support required with feeding, washing, toileting or moving and transferring child.
- Access to social activities – we mean things like engaging socially and taking part in activities.
- Education – we mean the type of support that is given for learning and who gives it?
- Communication – we mean listening, speaking and understanding.
- Supervision and Vigilance – we mean supervision and measures in place to ensure a child’s safety.
- Medical or therapeutic treatment or Condition management - we mean what treatment or therapy is given, who does this, how often and when?
- Physical environment and Specialist resources - we mean things like physical adaptations and adjustments required with getting around and what specialist equipment or resources are used.
Go to https://www.familyfund.org.uk/FAQs/how-do-we-apply for more information and to apply. Attached to this page is a booklet for parents explaining the fund and the application process.
Help with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Staying at home can be more disruptive to the lives and routines of children with special educational needs and disabilities.
No one expects parents to act as teachers or childcare providers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school or nursery would. Parents and carers should do their best to help and support their children with their learning while they are at home.
If your child usually goes to school but is currently at home, their school should be working to provide them with work and giving them feedback in a format that meets their needs. Contact the school if you are not already in touch.
We have been working with a range of other organisations to create extra resources to help you. See:
- a list of online education resources for children with SEND
- coronavirus educational resources from The Sensory Projects
- SEND-specific resources for learning from home from Tech Ability
We have also worked with other organisations to create information on ways you can help your children learn at home. See:
- advice on supporting children with a learning disability or autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Council for Disabled Children
- recommendations on special educational needs from the Education Endowment Foundation
As a charity, we aim to support families where possible during this challenging time. Please see the attached booklet below for Information on Understanding and Supporting your Child's ADHD.
Operationally, the majority of our staff will be furloughed from close of business Tuesday 31st March with a smaller team continuing to offer support.
Our team are values driven and committed to their work; but will be unable to operate as working employees until usual ways of working can resume.
Our DBS checked staff aim to volunteer their time to community bases; and may contact appropriate organisations/services independently.
Any parent/carer/CYP needing support who our team would normally communicate with – please pass on relevant details and we will endeavour to support them.
Clinical referrals: Adhd.firstname.lastname@example.org
For General Enquires: email@example.com
For School Consortis Therapeutic Support, please email: Tracy.firstname.lastname@example.org
For Looked After Children, VirtualSchool & Safeguarding Queries, please email: Julia.email@example.com
For Early Years or Training Services, please email: Emma.firstname.lastname@example.org
All other Therapeutic Services: Tracy.email@example.com
Tel No: 07809342592 (Tracy Dickens- Director of Therapeutic Services)
Our social media platforms will continue to post information, advice and guidance:
Please refer to;
Supporting your child with ADHD during the school shutdown.
Supporting your child with ASC.