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4th June 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Guidance on year 11 transition funding for alternative provision schools and colleges

We have published guidance that sets outs the financial support available to alternative provision (AP) schools and colleges to support current year 11 students into post-16 education. The funding will help schools and colleges pay for tailored support to help students stay in education or training.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/alternative-provision-year-11-transition-funding

 

Updated guidance on the actions for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include additional information on the NHS Test and Trace programme, the necessity to prioritise certain year groups during the wider re-opening of schools and travelling to and from school.

We have also added new information on the provision of education in boarding schools, managing boarding houses with the return of more pupils and managing cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) within these settings.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-school-closures

 

Guidance for higher education providers on re-opening buildings and campuses

We have published guidance for higher education providers in England on when and how to re-open their campuses and buildings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/higher-education-reopening-buildings-and-campuses

 

Updated advice for tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors of students or employees

The Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration has updated their guidance for tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors in the UK who are supporting those affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Scanned documents can now be submitted as evidence due to the exceptional circumstances of coronavirus (COVID-19). These arrangements will apply until 30 June, when they will be reviewed.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-tier-2-4-and-5-sponsors

 

Information below hasn't changed from yesterday

 

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings


We have published planning guides for early years providers and school leaders to help them prepare for the wider opening of settings to more children.

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june


Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools


Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools


Department for Education coronavirus helpline


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.


Handwashing Advice


It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.


The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.


Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: 
https://e-bug.eu/


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK


All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.UK at: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings


3rd June 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Updated guidance on the actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include additional information on the early years entitlements funding and infection prevention and control. We have also added new information on the use of community centres or places of worship as premises for providers on the early years register, before and after school clubs, attendance and information on safeguarding and welfare.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

 

Updated guidance on providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on which apprentices should be prioritised for face-to-face training from 15 June, and details of the flexibility that enables apprentices to take end-point assessment ahead of receiving their calculated functional skills qualification results.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response

 

Updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on the curriculum, after school activities, repeating a year for pupils, transport and keeping children safe online. We have also amended information on whether it is compulsory to send pupils to educational settings and education for children at home.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

Ofsted to review the online further education experience of students and apprentices during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Ofsted is carrying out an exploratory review of the quality of learners’ experiences of online education in further education and skills settings. Ofsted will carry out the review this month and will speak remotely to managers, teachers and trainers from further education colleges and skills providers who have volunteered to discuss their delivery of online teaching and learning.

The review aims to provide insights into the sector’s experiences of online education and to identify areas of strength and potential for improvement. This will support post-16 providers re-visiting their online education strategies, particularly from September 2020 onwards.

Further information can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/ofsted-to-review-students-and-apprentices-online-further-education-experience

 

Information below hasn't changed from yesterday

 

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings


We have published planning guides for early years providers and school leaders to help them prepare for the wider opening of settings to more children.

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june


Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools


Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools


Department for Education coronavirus helpline


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.


Handwashing Advice


It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.


The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.


Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: 
https://e-bug.eu/


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK


All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.UK at: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings


2nd June 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Updated guidance on the early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework

We have updated our statutory guidance for schools and childcare providers on the early years foundation stage (EYFS) to provide clarification on the progress checks for children aged 2. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak we do not expect providers to undertake this check, but providers should look out for any emerging concerns about any child in their care and endeavour to provide or seek additional support if needed.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-foundation-stage-framework--2

 

Regulation and inspection of early years providers as they return to providing care for all children

Ofsted has updated their guidance on the regulation and inspection of early years providers as they return to providing care for all children. During this period, Ofsted will not be doing routine inspections, which report on the quality of education that children in the EYFS receive while attending an early years or childcare provider. They will, however, continue to take action against providers and intervene when there is evidence that they are not meeting any of the other requirements that continue to apply.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/ofsted-coronavirus-covid-19-rolling-update

 

Updated guidance for parents and carers on the wider opening of educational settings

We have updated our information for parents and carers about the wider opening of education settings to include details about opening secondary schools to years 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June and to provide links to guidance on safer travel.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

 

Reminder to submit the daily online attendance return to the Department for Education

Please continue to provide information on your educational setting’s status during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The form should be completed by all educational settings, including primary and secondary schools. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, help inform the government’s response and ensure children are safe.

We will be publishing an instruction video shortly that will help you to complete the form.

The online form can be found here:

https://form.education.gov.uk/service/educational-setting-status

 

Information below hasn't changed from yesterday

 

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings


We have published planning guides for early years providers and school leaders to help them prepare for the wider opening of settings to more children.

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june


Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools


Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools


Department for Education coronavirus helpline


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.


Handwashing Advice


It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.


The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.


Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: 
https://e-bug.eu/


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK


All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.UK at: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings


29th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Updated information on the educational settings status form and attendance registers

 

Thank you for completing this daily return. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, and ensure children are safe. As we move into this new phase, we will be making some changes to the form from Monday to reflect that schools are opening more widely. We will be asking you to provide information including:

  • how many children are attending in eligible year groups
  • numbers of vulnerable children and children of critical workers attending
  • numbers of staff attending

It is essential that you continue to complete this form, every day, so that we can monitor provision and any changes to the impact of the virus.

From the 1 June, schools should also resume taking their usual attendance registers. Our guidance on completing the attendance register, along with which codes to use is available here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings

 

Guidance for further education and skills training provision

Further education settings can invite learners aged 16-19, who have key assessments and examinations next year, back into education settings for face-to-face support from 15 June. We have published guidance that sets out considerations for preparing to open to more learners and putting in place protective measures to limit the transmission of coronavirus.

The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

 

Coronavirus Act 2020 – Notices to temporarily remove or relax statutory requirements in education and childcare

We recognise that during the coronavirus outbreak, flexibility will be needed in education and childcare settings. Under the Coronavirus Act 2020, the Secretary of State for Education can issue notices to temporarily remove or relax statutory requirements and provisions in academy arrangements where this is an appropriate and proportionate action relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus. The Secretary of State for Education has issued four notices to:

  • disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus outbreak, so that parents will not be penalised if their child does not attend school.
  • modify pupil registration requirements so that a child attending a school on a temporary basis because of the coronavirus outbreak should not be registered as a pupil and should return to their usual school once it reopens.
  • disapply the duty on Ofsted to undertake regular inspections of state-funded schools within prescribed intervals. Duties on other bodies to provide a statement of action and relating to the inspection of collective worship and denominational education are also disapplied.
  • modify the duty on local authorities to secure special educational provision and on health commissioning bodies to arrange health provision in accordance with education, health and care (EHC) plans, so that they can discharge this by using their ‘reasonable endeavours’.

The notices apply from 1 June 2020 to 30 June 2020. We will continuously review whether these notices are an appropriate and proportionate action in all the circumstances relating to the incidence or transmission of coronavirus. Further notices may be made as a result.

 

Information below hasn't changed from yesterday

 

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings


We have published planning guides for early years providers and school leaders to help them prepare for the wider opening of settings to more children.

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june


Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools


Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools


Department for Education coronavirus helpline


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.


Handwashing Advice


It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.


The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at: 
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.


Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home: 
https://e-bug.eu/


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK


All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.UK at: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings

 


28th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).


Launch of the NHS Test and Trace service


The new NHS Test and Trace service has launched today and will form a central part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to share information about their recent interactions. People identified as having been in close contact with someone who has a positive test must stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms, to stop unknowingly spreading the virus.

Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-nhs-test-and-trace-service


Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-workplace-guidance
Guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace works can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/nhs-test-and-trace-how-it-works


Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person..

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-for-contacts-of-people-with-possible-or-confirmed-coronavirus-covid-19-infection-who-do-not-live-with-the-person


Updated guidance on isolation for residential educational settings


We have updated the guidance on isolation for residential educational settings to include updated information on the symptoms of coronavirus and the definition of a ‘household’ in a residential setting.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-isolation-for-residential-educational-settings


Department for Transport travelling advice for parents and pupils


The Department for Transport has issued advice on how parents and pupils can travel to school safely as part of the #TravelSafely campaign. Resources have been developed to ensure that parents, pupils and staff have the information they need to stay safe on the public transport network. This includes information developed in collaboration with respected partners on how to cycle and walk safely, where possible.

Resources can be found here:
https://extranet.dft.gov.uk/safer-transport-campaign/schools/


Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings


We have published planning guides for early years providers and school leaders to help them prepare for the wider opening of settings to more children.

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june


Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools


Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools


Department for Education coronavirus helpline


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows: Phone: 0800 046 8687 Opening hours: 8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.


Handwashing Advice


It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.


The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public


The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.


Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:
https://e-bug.eu/


Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK


All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.UK at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings


26th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).


Updated guidance on supporting children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND)


We have updated our guidance for educational settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND). The guidance includes new information on the recommended approaches that local authorities, educational settings and parents should follow for the return of more children and young people with complex needs or education, health and care (EHC) plans to educational settings from 1 June 2020, at the earliest.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk-assessment-guidance


Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings


We have published planning guides for early years providers and school leaders to help them prepare for the wider opening of settings to more children.

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-early-years-and-childcare-settings-from-1-june


Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-primary-schools


Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june/planning-guide-for-secondary-schools


22nd May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Remote education during the coronavirus outbreak


We have been working with schools to develop guidance for remote education based on the current experiences and practices of teachers and school leaders.
Guidance on remote education practice for schools during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remote-education-practice-for-schools-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Guidance for schools on supporting pupils’ wellbeing and providing pastoral care can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/supporting-pupils-wellbeing


Updated guidance for schools on adapting teaching practice for remote education can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/adapting-teaching-practice-for-remote-education


Guidance on adapting teaching practice for remote education at a special needs secondary schools can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/case-studies/adapting-teaching-practice-for-remote-education-at-a-special-needs-secondary-school


Updated guidance on safeguarding procedures when teaching remotely can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/safeguarding-and-remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Case studies on remote education during the coronavirus outbreak


We have published additional case studies providing examples of remote education practice during the coronavirus outbreak. These case studies have been gathered by consulting with schools and academies across England and are based on the current experiences and practices of teachers and school leaders.

The case studies can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/case-studies-remote-education-practice-for-schools-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Updated poster providing guidance on hygiene in educational settings


Public Health England has published an updated poster that provides guidance on hygiene in educational settings.

The poster can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-educational-settings-about-covid-19


Guidance for schools on reporting on pupil performance


We have updated our guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents. This guidance has been updated to support teachers to prepare annual reports for parents following the cancellation of the 2019 to 2020 national curriculum assessments and the partial closure of schools due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance for headteachers on reporting to parents on pupil performance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/school-reports-on-pupil-performance-guide-for-headteachers


The guidance for schools on reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2 can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/reporting-to-parents-at-the-end-of-key-stages-1-and-2


Educational setting status form


From 1 June 2020 at the earliest, we are asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups.
At this point, schools should resume taking the attendance register. We will provide further guidance shortly on how to record attendance in the register during this time.

At the same time, we will be launching an updated educational setting status form. The updated form will ask settings to provide information about staff and pupil numbers, reasons for absence, educational provision being made for the children attending, and free school meals. Your data is a vital part of the government’s response and will be used by government to support decision making.

Thank you to the volunteers who participated in our user research and provided feedback on the educational setting status form. The current online form can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings

21st May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during the coronavirus outbreak


We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus outbreak.
Guidance on helping secondary school children continue their education during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-secondary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19


We have updated our guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home to include information on the wider opening of educational settings.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/help-primary-school-children-continue-their-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19


Updated guidance on early years initial teacher training requirements


We have updated our guidance for early years initial teacher training (ITT) providers on entry requirements and the process if entrants to early years ITT are unable to demonstrate the required GCSE equivalent entry standard, as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/early-years-itt-requirements-supporting-advice


University students collecting their belongings from student accommodation


We have updated our guidance for higher education providers to include information on students wishing to leave their student accommodation or return to collect their belongings in England.

The guidance on leaving or returning to collect belongings from student accommodation can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-he-providers-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak


20th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Celebrating Thank a Teacher Day

Today we are saying thank you to teachers, senior leaders, support staff and all those working in education settings who are making a difference to their schools and communities during the coronavirus outbreak. To mark the day, you can send a free thank you card to a colleague.

The Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, said: “Thank a Teacher Day gives us all a great opportunity to thank everyone working in education, but I especially wanted to express my respect and admiration for all staff in nurseries, schools and colleges for going above and beyond to help this country tackle coronavirus and continue to support young people.”
Free thank you cards can be found here:
https://thankateacher.co.uk/


To find out more about what the department is doing celebrate, sign up to our teacher mailing list here:
https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKDFE/subscriber/new


Updated guidance on the apprenticeship programme

We have updated our guidance for apprentices, employers and training providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This update includes additional information on training and assessing apprentices in line with the government’s new safer working guidelines, calculating wages for furloughed apprentices, off-the-job training, and redundant apprentices.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-apprenticeship-programme-response


Updated guidance on safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on safeguarding in education and childcare settings during the coronavirus outbreak as they plan for wider opening. The guidance includes advice on updating the child protection policy, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health support for children and young people.
The guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-safeguarding-in-schools-colleges-and-other-providers


Reminder to submit the daily online attendance return to the Department for Education

Please continue to provide information on your educational setting’s status during the coronavirus outbreak. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, and ensure children are safe.

The online form can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-attendance-recording-for-educational-settings


19th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Testing now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.
A coronavirus test can be booked here:
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/


Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:
https://www.gov.uk/apply-coronavirus-test-essential-workers


Updated guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak


We have updated our guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak with information on preparing for the wider opening of schools, including guidance on water systems, ventilation, fire safety and cleaning.


The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/managing-school-premises-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak


Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings


We have published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June, at the earliest.
Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020


Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings


Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers


Department for Education coronavirus helpline – Monday 25 May Bank Holiday opening hours


The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care.


Phone: 0800 046 8687

The helpline will remain open over the May Bank Holiday weekend for staff, parents and young people as follows:


10am to 4pm – Saturday, Sunday and Monday

Our standard opening hours will resume on Tuesday 26 May:
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday


If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline


18th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Secretary of State for Education’s statement on coronavirus

Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, spoke at the daily press conference on Saturday about the Government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and plans for schools safely opening to more pupils.

The transcript of the speech can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/education-secretarys-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19-16-may

Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance for education settings and local authorities on supporting vulnerable children and young people. This now reflects plans for more year groups to return to education settings and confirms that vulnerable children and young people remain a priority and are expected to attend if appropriate.

This guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-vulnerable-children-and-young-people

Updated guidance on the actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This includes confirmation that we are asking childcare providers to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, information on the provision that childminders can currently provide and when they can reopen to more children, and information for parents on the temporary changes to the 30 hours free early education entitlements.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-early-years-and-childcare-closures

Guidance on awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Ofqual has published additional information for heads of centre, heads of department and teachers on objectivity in grading and ranking when awarding grades for GCSE, AS and A levels in summer 2020.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/awarding-qualifications-in-summer-2020

Updated guidance on providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the provision of free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak to reflect the plans for the wider opening of schools from 1 June, at the earliest.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance


15th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).


Preparing for wider opening of schools: a planning guide for primary schools

We have published a planning guide for primary school leaders to help them open their schools to more pupils from week commencing 1 June. The guide has been designed by school leaders for school leaders. It is intended to be a starting point from which those responsible for mainstream primary schools can develop their plans for wider opening to include all pupils in Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside the children of critical workers and vulnerable children. This planning guide builds on the recently published planning framework.

The planning guide for primary schools can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/preparing-for-the-wider-opening-of-schools-from-1-june


The initial planning framework for schools in England can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020


New guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

We have published new guidance on preventing and controlling infection, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is for all staff in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, young people and parents. This guidance explains the principles of infection prevention and control to enable safe working during the coronavirus outbreak including advice on minimising contact, changes to work practices, hand and respiratory hygiene, increased cleaning of the environment and when you might need to use PPE.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safe-working-in-education-childcare-and-childrens-social-care


Updated guidance on the actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

We have updated our guidance on the actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak. This update provides further information to plan for wider opening, including what to consider and the steps to take when planning increased attendance. We have also updated the information on safeguarding and mental health support.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

 


14th May 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Opening schools for more children and young people: initial planning framework for schools in England

All schools are different, and it is not possible for government to set specific national guidelines that could be universally applicable. Instead, we have created a framework to help school leaders and academy trusts to start thinking through the steps they might need to take to enable them to open their schools for more pupils. The framework is designed for schools. Further guidance for childcare providers and colleges will be published shortly.

The framework can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on the wider opening of early years settings

Our published guidance sets out that, subject to conditions, childminders and all early years settings can open to more children from 1 June.

In line with the Prime Minister’s roadmap of the COVID-19 recovery strategy, encouraging people who cannot work from home to return to work where possible, and to align with the Government’s position on nannies, we will be updating our guidance for early years settings to confirm that paid childcare can be provided to the children of one household from Wednesday 13 May.
This includes childminders, who may choose to look after the children of one household if they are not already looking after vulnerable children or those of critical workers.

Update on the national voucher scheme for free school meals (FSM)

On Tuesday 12 May our national voucher scheme supplier, Edenred, reported that voucher codes totalling more than £70m have been redeemed into supermarket eGift cards by schools and families. To ensure that your orders are processed effectively, please order multiple eCodes together wherever possible.

Full details of the scheme can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance


13th May 2020

Guidance on the wider opening of education and childcare settings

Yesterday we published guidance on our plans to open education and childcare settings to more children from 1 June.

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-educational-and-childcare-settings-to-prepare-for-wider-opening-from-1-june-2020

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/closure-of-educational-settings-information-for-parents-and-carers

Safer travel guidance for passengers during the coronavirus outbreak

The Department for Transport has published guidance on travelling safely during the coronavirus outbreak, providing information on walking, cycling, using private vehicles, travelling in taxis and on public transport. Information on children travelling on public transport is also provided in this guidance.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is to help employers and employees understand how to work safely and covers offices, labs and research facilities, construction and factories which may be relevant to some education settings.

The guidance can be found here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19