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Special Educational Needs: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Education

UIN 146572, tabled on 24 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether educational settings supporting children with SEND will continue to receive Government assistance with funding covid-19 testing after 1 April 2022.

Answered on

4 April 2022

Regular testing in all education and childcare providers, including special schools and special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) provision, ended on 31 March. In the event of a COVID-19 outbreak, a local Health Protection Team might advise a residential SEND setting to re-introduce some time-limited asymptomatic testing for targeted groups of staff and pupils or students (secondary age or above).

From 1 April 2022, the UK Health and Security Agency has issued updated guidance on health protection in education and childcare settings. The guidance contains practical advice on managing a range of infections and outlines the steps regarding self-isolation for those with a positive COVID-19 test result.

This replaces all guidance previously issued for the children’s social care sector. It is available at:

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