Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, SRB referrals and placements are working differently.
There will be one more admissions meeting for SRBs prior to the end of this academic year to consider any existing and suitable referrals that have been made. This will be held virtually if necessary. Only existing referrals will be discussed. Places for short term SRBs will be considered and offered pending the capacity of schools and SRBs to admit from September 2020. Consideration will have to be given in light of those remaining at the SRB due to a delayed start for previously offered places and vacancies that become available due to transition between school phases.
Offers for autism SRBs will be made in line with these principles. However priority with regard to decision making will be around those who are transferring from one phase of school to another i.e. nursery, Year 2 and Year 6 pupils.
At this stage it is not clear when schools will re-open. In principle any short term placements that were due to end will re-continue when SRB schools are able to reopen, subject to home school and parental agreement, until their agreed period of time to attend is completed. The exceptions to the above will be children and young people who will transfer to a different educational setting in September 2020. These will be children transitioning from infant to junior school, junior and primary school to secondary school.
For information on what to do if your child's SRB or SRB host school has closed, read our guidance for key workers and parents of vulnerable children.
For information on how other SEND Local Offer services are being affected, visit our coronavirus updates page.