Due to current circumstances, we thought it would be helpful to provide links to key information, advice, and support services during this time - click on the links below to open a new webpage. 


Our FactSheets: 

Secondary schools and other educational settings are expected to remain open for vulnerable children, and the children of key workers.  The majority of Primary school in the area are also expected to remain open.  For many secondary pupils, the new term will be delayed as testing is set up.  Testing is not mandatory, but is recommended.  Currently, all is expected to be in place for a return to school later in January.  

Read our factsheet about what Covid-19 means for pupils with SEND.  

The government has now ended the changes to SEND legislation and we have produced a summary of what that means.  Here is our summary of what the changes to SEND legislation were.  

This will mean all children slowly returning to school - we have a document outlining what that return to school might mean (With thanks to DIAS).   


Gov.uk information and letters

The Government have updated their information to take account of the English Tier restrictions, starting from the 2nd of December, with updates coming regularly.
BCP is now under Tier 4.  

Local restriction tiers: what you need to know:  Information on the new national restrictions, including what they mean for working from home and business closures, why they are being introduced and the financial support available.

Education and childcare settings: How New National Restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact education, childcare and children’s social care settings.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19: This guidance is for everyone in England who has been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable. 



Health and community support

Please visit the NHS website for the most up-to-date information and advice.  

Public Health Dorset provide a break down of new cases locally, as well as other health updates and general CV19 advice.  

For assistance with food and prescriptions or other issues as a result of Covid, you can contact 'Together We Can', the local councils' community response team.  They can be reached on 0300 1237052 or by emailing communities.  This helpline is still available and ready for further restrictions or lockdowns.  

 https://camhsdorset.org/ has been updated with lots of information. There are a number of resources including Podcasts relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Resources for Mental Health & Wellbeing from the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families

Read information from the British Psychlogical Society: advice for parent/carers and schools.


Return to school and home schooling resources 

'Nip in the bud' have created a helpful video, providing straightforward suggesstions for parents and teachers dealing with the potential anxiety of returning to school.  

Download this helpful PDF which gives advice about Covid-19. 

Helpful info for children and young people "My Back to School Bubble", aimed at managing anxiety around the return to school.  

The Special Needs Jungle has information on school, attendance and exclusions.

Your child's school may have signposted you to online learning environment. Here are some additional resources:

The government have a list of online educational resources for home learning.

BBC Bitesize has a range of resources for learning across all Key Stages.  

Khan Academy - American-based, but has a comprehensive learning environment for maths, science, and other subjects.

National Literacy Trust - resources and links for primary-age children.


General resources

Sibs are the charity for siblings of disabled children.  They have updated their young Sibs site with Covid and Lockdown specific advice. 

Mencap have produced and Easy Read version of the government guidlines for the second lockdown.  

The Council for Disabled Children have gathered a list of helpful resources and links.

IPSEA have released guidance for the latest lockdown, covering schools, exams, Tribunal and others.

Download the 'Looking After Families in BCP' resource pack.

Read the FAQs from Parents Carers Together.

The charity WellChild are also offering a service for families who care for Children and Young People with long term health needs and disabilities. 

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation have produced some useful resources to support children and young people who have complex learning needs, during this time.  This is including cards you can use when out and about to explain your child or young person’s situation, and a hospital passport just in case an admission to hospital is required.  

With the new mandatory mask rules on public transport, Hidden Disabilities has a variety of cards and lanyards that you can use to show that you are exempt.  Those who are under 11 years old, or have certain disabilities are exempt from these rules, here is more detail on exemptions.  These rules are also now in effect in shops.  There is more information in an easy read format at https://www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask

Books without Words book have produced a book called "Beating the Virus".  Some clever people in Gloucestershire have made a super video from the book. It even has the Purple All Stars hand-washing rap video embedded. On YouTube, there are credits to both Books without Words and the Purple All Stars.  You can watch and share the video with this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0iQwW1PREw

There are several other free resources from Beyond Words about dealing with Coronavirus, that can be found at: https://booksbeyondwords.co.uk/

BBC Bitesize also have a Parents' Toolkit

NewsWise aims to create a generation of news literate young people - they have a page of resources to help families learn more about the news together.