Last reviewed 22 May 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced that children with special educational needs and disabilities in England will benefit from £37.3 million of additional support in 2020-2021.

More than 75,000 families in England with children who have complex needs and disabilities will receive grants for vital equipment to make their lives easier while implementing social distancing measures, including computers, specialist equipment and educational toys.

Out of the total funding, £10 million has been committed to Family Fund in response to the unique difficulties presented by the coronavirus pandemic. The funding will be used to provide grants for families on low incomes raising disabled or seriously ill children in England this year.

Families can apply for grants to support their children during the coronavirus pandemic, including computers and tablets, outdoor play equipment and sensory toys. The grants are typically worth £400 to £500 per family, but vary depending on need.

Children and Families Minister Vicky Ford said:

“Our first priority remains the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities. I know that these unprecedented times may put additional pressure on families, particularly those whose children have the most complex needs, and these parents deserve some extra help to look after and educate them at home.”

“From computers and tablets to household items that many of us take for granted, this new funding will directly benefit tens of thousands of families, making sure parents of children with special educational needs and disabilities get the support they need at this difficult time and beyond.”