Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus

Guidance on temporary changes to special educational needs and disability legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.



This guidance is applicable to 30 June 2020 and will be reviewed before 1 July 2020.

This guidance is for:

  • families and parent carer forums
  • SEND Information, Advice and Support Services
  • local authorities (both their SEND and social care services, at a strategic and operational level)
  • health commissioning bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (at both strategic and operational level)
  • early years providers
  • schools and colleges
  • other education settings
  • mediation advisers
  • others who contribute advice and information to EHC needs assessments, such as:
    • educational psychologists
    • other health care professionals

It should be read alongside the special education needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years.

The code of practice does not reflect the temporary changes to the law described in this guidance.

We have also published related guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities, schools and other educational settings which you may find useful.

Published 30 April 2020
Last updated 29 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance with additional or amended material, including as to: cases in progress on 1 May 2020; annual reviews for those with EHC plans changing phase of education; actions following a tribunal ruling; and unchanged duties in relation to social care provision in plans. Also improvement to the format of the tables in Annex A and a minor change to footnote 1.

  2. First published.