Coronavirus & education

Coronavirus - support with education for children and young people with SEND

Coronavirus has meant a series of changes around education. These have led to a lot of concerns and questions for families with children and young people with SEND about what is happening with their child’s education during coronavirus. The situation continues to change and we will keep updating this section.

Attending school or not

Who can attend school during coronavirus?
Risk assessments for children with EHCPs
The school offer for children that do attend school
The school offer for children not offered a place in school
Advice and support for schools and children
Alternative provision and children not in school before lockdown
Exams and grades

EHCP processes during coronavirus

Assessments for EHCPs
Changes to educational provision for children with EHCPs during coronavirus
Annual reviews of EHCPs
School transport
Private, independent, non-maintained schools, colleges or nurseries

Appeals and mediation

Appeals to the SEND Tribunal during coronavrius
The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO)
Admissions appeals

Home schooling

Advice and resources on home schooling
Extra support if you are struggling
Routines and reassurance

Further information on education issues and COVID-19

Brighton & Hoveschool age children with SEN

Brighton & Hove City Council have information about how their services are being affected on their website. Visit

There is more information specifically about SEND services in Brighton & Hove here.

Or read the the coronavirus help directory for Brighton & Hove.

East Sussex

If you use Facebook, go to and “like” it to get useful updates from ISEND. They are sharing lots of ideas and resources on the East Sussex Local Offer too.

There is a central ESCC contact point for all queries relating to Children’s Services and provision in the current difficult situation. Email or call 0345 60 80 192 (10am-3pm) and they will try to get back to you or pass it on to the right service to do so.

East Sussex County Council also have information about how council services are being affected on their website.


If you can’t get find out what you need to know locally, the Department for Education has set up a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687


Opening hours: 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday


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