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Extension of Temporary Changes to the Law for those Children and Young People with Education, Health and Care Plans

Updated 29th May 2020

On Friday 29th May, the Secretary of State issued a notice to extend the temporary changes to the law on what provision has to be made currently for those with Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.

Modification of section 42 Children and Families Act 2014

The Secretary of State for Education by this notice modifies section 42 (duty to secure special educational provision and health care provision in accordance with an education, health and care plan) of the Children and Families Act 2014 (the 2014 Act) in the manner described in the table in paragraph 5 of Schedule 17 to the Coronavirus Act 2020, so that any duty imposed on a person by that section is to be treated as discharged if the person has used reasonable endeavours to discharge the duty during the period specified in this notice.

The temporary changes to the law have been in force since 1st May and are now extended to 30th June. Once the notice expires, the Secretary of State can issue a further notice for a period of up to a month if it would be appropriate and proportionate to do so in the context of coronavirus. 

Click here to see the guidance: Guidance on Temporary Changes


Open Letter from the Minister for Children & Families

Published 30th May 2020

On Saturday 30th May, Vicky Ford MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children and Families, published an Open Letter to children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, their parents/carers and families, and others who support them, about the wider opening of schools, colleges and other educational settings from 1st June 2020.

Click here to read this: Open Letter dated 30th May 2020

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