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Changes to the law on education

Health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus
– 30th April

The DfE have released a notice to modify section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014. This modifies the duty on local authorities to secure SEN provision and on health commissioning bodies to arrange health provision in accordance with EHC plans, so that they can discharge this by using reasonable endeavours.

It includes an introduction of the Special Educational Needs and Disability (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020. This temporarily amends four sets of Regulations that specify legal timescales applying to LAs, CCGs and others, mainly around processes relating to EHC needs assessments and plans.

These changes will be in force from 1st May to 25th September 2020 and they will be kept under review.

For more detail visit Special Needs Jungle –

Although this guidance is lengthy and aimed at local authorities, school leaders may find it useful to read particularly if the school or families are not getting appropriate support.