Lockdown 3: What Does This Mean For Special Schools And Alternative Provision?

Publication Date07 January 2021
SubjectConsumer Protection, Education
Law FirmWrigleys Solicitors
AuthorMr Graham Shaw

We look at the position for special schools and alternative provision following last night's televised address by Boris Johnson.

Last night's televised address by Boris Johnson confirmed a further national lockdown, requiring all schools and colleges to close (except for vulnerable children and children of key workers) and provide education remotely until the February half term. The Government's National Lockdown: Stay at Home guidance confirms the position. However, neither the guidance nor Boris Johnson's televised address distinguishes between mainstream settings, on the one hand, and special schools and alternative provision (AP) on the other. So what is the position for special schools and AP?

The short answer is that the position is unclear. The televised address and guidance appear to include special schools and AP in the above school closure requirements. However, the first lockdown expressed school closure in similar terms but then...

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