Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales


The three devolved nations do not plan to follow England's roadmap to reopen schools from 1 June.

Northern Ireland

Visit nidirect.gov.uk for all the latest updates in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland has published its own guidance on vulnerable children.

12 May: Executive publishes approach to decision making

At this stage, there is no timetable for reopening schools. See the Executive Approach to Decision-Making

Scotland

Enquire is the national advice service for Additional Support for Learning in Scotland, and they have produced extra information on what the Coronavirus laws mean for children with additional support needs in Scotland.

The information includes what the changes mean to support, placing requests, appeals and ASN Tribunals.

21 May: Government announces schools to re-open in August

The Deputy First Minister John Swinney has confirmed that a planned safe return through a mix of school and home learning will be put in place from 11 August, with Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) settings open over the summer.

Mr Swinney said "To keep our pupils and staff safe we will implement physical distancing, staggered arrival and departure times, staggered break times, increased hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning regimes and a range of other measures."

To maximise the time pupils can have in the classroom and support this new way of schooling, the Scottish Government is investing £9million for 25,000 laptops or tablets with internet access provided for disadvantage children. There will also be further funding to support digital inclusion.

For more detail visit Scottish Government: Schools to re-open in August

Transition from School and Parent Carer Questionnaire

In addition to the core transition information on our Talking about Tomorrow website we are working with partner organisations ARC Scotland, Lead Scotland and parents to develop extra transition resources for families to help guide them through the next few months - details to follow.

In the first instance we would like to find out from parents and carers how Covid-19 is impacting transitions planning for young people aged 14 and over with additional support needs in Scotland. You can help by completing this short (5 min) questionnaire https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/LJBMHDC.

We will share the findings with organisations that support young people and their families through the transitions process to highlight the most pressing concerns for families through lockdown and beyond. Responses will be held in the strictest confidence and it will not be possible to identify any individual or family in the published findings.

Wales

Visit gov.wales for the latest information on education.

The Welsh government has guidance for parents and carers to support you and your children to stay safe and healthy and to support children to continue learning while schools are shut due to COVID-19.

Wales has its own guidance on vulnerable children and young people.

7 May: Announcement on school reopening

Wales Education Minister Kirsty Williams confirmed that Wales will not follow the same timetable for reopening schools as England.

Further guidance is expected shortly.