Safer working practices during
national lockdown restrictions


January 2021 

Due to the current and ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CENMAC have been adapting our services to keep pace with the fast-evolving situation, to follow Government guidance and, most importantly, to protect the students, staff and families that we work with. 

As a result of the national crisis, we’ve had to make temporary changes to our working practices. To provide the safest and best possible service during these challenging times, we are continuing to make use of technology (such as video or telephone appointments and online resources) to carry out Virtual Visits, Remote Training and to ensure ongoing contact with our most vulnerable students.  

Please bear with us during these unprecedented times, we will be continuing to adapt as we move into the next phase of the pandemic and would ask you to contact your CENMAC link if you have any questions.

NB Due to the current national lockdown situation, any planned or booked face-to-face visits until at least February half-term will need to be cancelled or rescheduled. There may be occasions, due to the fluidity of the situation when planned or booked remote provision will also need to be cancelled or rescheduled, and sometimes this may be at unavoidably short notice.


Spring term 2021 

The CENMAC Advisory Team will always follow the most current guidance from the Government in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be stopping all face-to-face visits in the first part of the Spring term 2021, in line with the latest government announcement of school closures and national lockdown. 

All visits for new assessments, review meetings, training purposes, advice and support will be moved online, and will be completed wherever possible by using video conferencing platforms such as Microsoft Teams. 

The Government ‘National Lockdown – Stay at Home’ guidance (4th January 2021) states that: 

Colleges, primary (reception onwards) and secondary schools will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers. All other children will learn remotely until February half term. 

We recognise that for many of the students we support, it may not be possible to continue our provision in the same way, whilst they are learning at home, but as in the first national lockdown, we aim to provide as much support to families and students as we can. We also aim to ensure that any loaned equipment is available for use at home if needed, and that any technical issues are resolved quickly without disruption to students who are relying on their equipment whilst at home. 

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