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Government updates and Statutory Information

This section of the Local Offer contains information, guidance and updates from the Department for Education plus details on statutory areas such as the SEND Code of Practice 2015, Children and Families Act 2014 and other SEND related legislation that you may need to refer to and understand as someone working in SEND.



Guidance, Resources and Information for people working in SEND

Government Updates and Guidance

New: OFTSED SEND Research

Research on how children and young people’s special educational needs are met in mainstream schools. Click here to find out more.


Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak:

This guidance applies to all schools in England, including:

  • primary schools
  • secondary schools (including sixth forms)
  • special schools, special post-16 providers and alternative provision
  • 16 to 19 academies
  • infant, junior, middle, upper schools
  • boarding schools

DfE coronavirus helpline Telephone 0800 046 8687

If you have a query about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to schools and other educational establishments, and children’s social care, in England contact our helpline.
Opening times
Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm
If you work in a school or college, have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Click here to read the guidance.

Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19)

What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19) – GOV.UK (

Education and Curriculum based Resources

Education and Curriculum Resources

Portsmouth Education Partnership has worked closely with education partners to create a directory of websites and resources. These have been split into different key stages. You can visit the PEP website by clicking here.

BBC Bitesize – Education resources across all key stages as well as post-16. Boredom busting tips and neurodiversity resources. Click here to visit the page.

Twinkl – Primary and secondary resources as well as a section on Home Learning – Click here to visit the site.

The Maths Factor – Carol Vodermans site for children 4-12 years. Free whilst schools are closed. Click here to visit the site.

Oak National Academy: SEND online resources

Oak National Academy SEND online resources are now live. The resources will provide video lessons and curricular resources for parents and families to use as they wish and will cover the following themes:
• Art
• Early Cognition and Reading
• Independent Living
• Language and Communication
• Numeracy
• Therapy

The video lessons will be pitched in the following way:
• Early Development (P1-3)
• Building Understanding (P4-6)
• Applying Learning (P7+)

Government Guidance and Resources for children with Special Educational Needs ( SEND)

Government List of Educational Resources

The government have created an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.

There is also a specific section for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

Click here to see the online resources

Therapies resources ( SALT, OT etc)

Therapies Resources 

The OT Toolbox- A site for both professionals and parent carers sharing activities and advice on sensory and motor skill activities for children. Click here to visit the site.


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