Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 28/09/20

We know that members are seeking the most up-to-date advice on how to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak and the aim of this page of the HMC website is to provide links to the latest information and guidance. The associations are coordinating closely and using our particular expertise, including in finance, risk, academic policy, boarding and mental health, to help the sector through this most challenging time. HMC is sitting on the ISC Coronavirus Advisory Group and will continue to update members with our own briefings and those from other associations as they become available.

We are also keen to facilitate the sharing of specific concerns, documents and contingency plans between members and would encourage colleagues to send these to the General Secretary at [email protected]. These will be hosted in the HMC member zone and updated regularly.  Please note that none of the associations are medical, statutory or legal authorities and it is important for the advice contained in the links below to be read in this context.

Latest news as of 28.09.2020:

See here for news links.

 

Useful links and information

Department for Education COVID-19 guidance

Central page for all DfE COVID-19 guidance, see here. Updated 22.09.2020

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures. See here. Updated 28.09.2020

Guidance: Remote education webinars. See here. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: Teaching during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: NQT support and inductions from September 2020. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here. Updated 23.09.2020

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium. See here. Updated 23.09.2020

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers. Updated 22.09.2020

Guidance: Use of the NHS COVID-19 app in schools and further education colleges. See here. Updated 22.09.2020

Guidance on initial teacher training (ITT): see here. Updated 22.09.2020

Guidance: Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here. Updated 22.09.2020

Guidance: School admission appeals data collection: how to submit data. See here. Updated 18.09.2020

Guidance: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. See here. Updated 17.09.2020

News story: 99.9 per cent of schools open for start of autumn term. See here. 15.09.2020

Guidance: Educational psychologists: support for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery. See here. Updated 14.09.2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings. See here. Updated 08.09.2020. 

Consultation outcome: Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19). See here. Updated 08.09.2020.

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19).  See here.  Updated 07.09.2020

Guidance: Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19). See here. Updated 07.09.2020

Guidance: Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS). See here. Updated 04.09.2020

Guidance: Early years ITT requirements and supporting advice. See here. Updated 04.09.2020

Guidance: Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice. See here. Updated 04.09.2020

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for boarding schools with international students. See here. 02.09.2020

Guidance: Behaviour and discipline in schools. See here. Updated 02.09.2020

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT). See here. Updated 02.09.2020

Press release: Pupils start returning to schools in England. See here. 01.09.2020

Guidance: Keeping children safe in education. See here. Updated 01.09.2020

Guidance: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here. Updated 01.09.2020

Guidance: School attendance: guidance for schools. See here. Updated 01.09.2020

New contingency planning guidance published for education settings in local lockdown areas.  See here. 28.08.2020

What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term. See here. 28.08.2020

How schools can plan for tier 2 local restrictions.  See here.  28.08.2020

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here. 28.08.2020

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes.  See here. 28.08.2020

Keeping children safe in education. See here. 28.08.2020

Press release: All possible measures to be taken before schools and colleges close. See here. 28.08.2020

Face coverings in schools

Department for Education guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other educational institutions that teach people in Year 7 and above.  See here. 26.08.2020

Exams

07/09/20 – Latest guidance from DfE offering guidance in respect of autumn exams and the exam support service.

The Department for Education has today published guidance on responsibility for autumn exams and the DfE exam support service.

Members are kindly requested to ensure that their schools have signed up to receive latest updates from the DfE which provide the latest information on a range of important topics. This can be done by clicking here.

Today’s updates cover School and college responsibility for autumn exams, and the DfE exam support service which will support schools and colleges with costs associated with autumn exam fees, sites and invigilators.

The guidance relates to all schools and colleges that are approved to deliver GCSE, AS and A level and vocational and technical qualifications, exams and assessments, whether or not they are state funded.

Whilst a summary of the key points is provided below, it is recommended that this be read alongside the wider guidance which can be accessed here.

School and college responsibility for autumn exams

  • ‘Autumn exams’ refers to the additional GCSE, AS and A level and vocational and technical qualifications which are being held in the autumn term 2020 following the cancellation of exams and assessments in the summer. It includes the additional VTQs which will be held in the 2021 spring term.
  • These exams are considered a ‘backstop’ to the summer 2020 arrangements.
  • In cases where students wish to sit exams, the school or college that entered them in the summer should enter them for the autumn and ensure they have somewhere to sit their exams. Exception: students who are required to continue to study maths or English because they haven’t yet achieved a grade 4 or above at GCSE. In these cases, the school or college where the student is on roll from September will be responsible for entering them, as usual.

DfE exam support service

The DfE exam support service will help schools and colleges to book sites and invigilators where required.

  • Schools and colleges will be able to claim funding through the service for essential additional costs associated with running exams in the autumn, including exam fees charged by awarding organisations, alternative sites, and invigilation. This applies equally to independent schools.
  • The service will not cover English and maths GCSE exams taken by students who did not achieve a grade 4 or higher in these subjects, as these exams take place in November in a normal year and schools and colleges will have planned and budgeted for them.
  • The claims process and further guidance on how to make claims will be available later this year.
  • The awarding organisations are providing information to schools and colleges on any rebates they can expect in relation to summer 2020 exams. It is for the individual awarding organisations to decide on rebate arrangements.
  • Taking any rebates/credit notes and autumn fees together, the DfE exam support service will seek to ensure that schools and colleges do not incur a net loss.
  • Where private candidates have already paid an administrative fee for the summer, they should not be charged twice.
  • DfE will not provide funding in relation to any administrative fees charged by schools and colleges, over and above the fees charged by the awarding organisations.

See here for further guidance.

Exams - Further guidance

Guidance: Submitting data to Ofqual. See here. Updated 24.09.2020

Guidance: Accessibility statement for The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). See here. Updated 23.09.2020

New story: Joint statement from AoC, AELP, HOLEX, FAB, JCQ and Ofqual on VTQs. See here. 22.09.2020

Guidance: Terms of reference for exam procedure reviews. See here. Updated 21.09.2020

DfE guidance: Responsibility for autumn exams. See here. Updated 18.09.2020

Ofqual consultation outcome: Consultation on the assessment and awarding of Vocational, Technical and other General Qualifications in 2020 to 2021. See here. Updated 07.09.2020

DfE guidance: Responsibility for autumn exams. A guide for schools and colleges on who should enter students for autumn exams. See here. Updated 07.09.2020

HMC letters to the Education Select Committee re: exam grading. See here (15.07.2020) and here (28.08.2020). (HMC Member Zone access required) 

For HMC exam updates and further briefings, please see here (HMC member zone access required).

Ofqual news story: Written statement from Chair of Ofqual to the Education Select Committee. See here. 02.09.2020

Ofqual complaints procedure. See here

Ofqual guidance: Awarding organisation appeals and complaints links. See here

DfE guidance: Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  See here. 27.08.2020

Ofqual: Summary guidance on appeals for GCSE, AS and A level: summer 2020.  See here. 26.08.2020

Ofqual announces interim leadership arrangements.  See here. 25.08.2020

DfE: Summer GCSE, AS and A level results 2020: information for students.  See here. 21.08.2020

Ofqual: Changes to awarding of GCSE, AS and A level: guide for teachers, student, parents & carers: summer 2020. See here. (20.08.2020)

Ofqual: Results tables for GCSE, AS and A level results in England, 2020.  See here. 20.08.20

Ofqual: Guide to GCSE results for England, 2020.  See here. 20.08.20

Ofqual: The National Reference Test in 2020.  See here. 20.08.20  

Ofqual guidance: Your results, what next? See here. (20.08.2020)

Ofqual: Awarding organisation appeals and complaints links.  See here. 20.08.20

Ofqual: Vocational and technical qualifications awarding, 2020.  See here. 20.08.20

Ofqual statement on grading vocational and technical qualifications this summer. See here. 19.08.20

Ofqual Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020. See here. (19.08.20)

HMC calls for public inquiry into exam shambles, (Dr Simon Hyde, HMC General Secretary), 19.08.2020

Ofqual's requirements for the calculation of results in summer 2020 guidance document.  See here.

Ofqual document.  Extraordinary regulatory framework: General Qualifications, COVID-19 Conditions and Requirements.  See here.

GCSE results 2020: What will this year's results show? Education datalab blog.  See here

Centre Assessment Grades blog by Dennis Sherwood.  See here.

DfE news story: GCSE and A level students to receive centre assessed grades.  See here. (17.08.2020)

HMC responds to the Government’s decision to allow teacher-assessed grades, (Dr Simon Hyde, Incoming HMC General Secretary, King's School, Macclesfield), 17.08.2020

Ofqual news story: A statement from the Chair of Ofqual on how GCSE, AS and A level grades will be awarded this summer. See here. (17.08.2020)

HMC statement on the use of teacher assessment grades, (Dr Simon Hyde, Incoming HMC General Secretary, King's School, Macclesfield), 17.08.2020

BBC News, A-levels and GCSEs: Predicted results to be used for Welsh exam grades. See here. (17.08.2020)

BBC News, GCSEs: NI results to be based on teacher predictions. See here. (17.08.2020)

Ofqual news story: Statement on our earlier announcement about mock exam results in appeals, 15 August 2020. See here. (15.08.2020) 

DfE press release: Reassurance for schools and students on result appeals. See here. (15.08.2020)

Ofqual guidance: Student guide to post-16 qualification results: summer 2020. See here.

Ofqual guidance: Student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints: summer 2020. See here

Ofqual regulation: Extraordinary regulatory framework: General Qualifications, COVID-19 Conditions and Requirements. See here.

HMC press notice: A level results 2020. See here. (13.08.2020)

DfE press release: Rise in top grades as students celebrate A level results. See here. (13.08.2020)

Ofqual research and analysis: Awarding GCSE, AS & A levels in summer 2020: interim report. See here. (13.08.2020)

Ofqual guidance: Requirements for the calculation of results in summer 2020. See here

Ofqual correspondence: Letter to heads of admissions, higher education - 7 August 2020. See here. (Published on 13.08.2020)

Ofqual news story: Guide to AS and A level results for England, 2020. See here

HMC response to new guidance on exam grade appeals - Fiona Boulton, HMC Chair. See here. (12.08.2020)

Ofqual news story: Response to the Secretary of State's announcement of 12 August 2020. Ofqual responds to the statement by the Secretary of State for Education about 2020 GCSE, AS and A level results. See here. (12.08.2020) 

Ofqual guidance: Arrangements for the assessment and awarding of Vocational and Technical Qualifications and Other General Qualifications in 2020 to 2021. See here

Ofqual news story: Appeal arrangements for AS, A levels and GCSEs. See here. (06.08.2020)

Ofqual guidance: Awarding organisation appeals and complaints links. See here

Ofqual news story: Exams and assessments in 2021. See here. (03.08.2020)

Ofqual consultation outcome: Proposed changes to the assessment of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2021​. See here. (03.08.2020)

Ofqual complaints procedure, see here. Gov.uk page on appeals against a qualification, see here and further Ofqual page on appeals against a qualification, see here

Exam script exemption and access to teacher assessments during the coronavirus pandemic - The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has received a number of queries about whether the exam scripts exemption will still apply to the information used to award students’ grades this year. The ICO guidance includes more detail on how this will work, both for organisations such as schools and colleges, and for students.

HEPI blog: Hindsight is a wonderful thing: Ofqual, gradings and appeals, (Dennis Sherwood), (23.07.2020)

HMC comment on assessed exam grades guidance. See here (21.07.2020)

HMC update briefing for Members - HMC response to the consultation on statutory guidance in relation to appeals under the GQCovid regulatory framework, please see here. - (13.07.2020 - HMC Member zone access required).

The Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) has announced the timing of the autumn term series of exams for students in England. AS and A levels will take place from October 5 to 23, and GCSEs between November 2 and 23. See here for more information. (09.07.2020)

Ofqual news story: Ofqual launches consultation on 2021 exams and assessments (02.07.2020). See here

Ofqual news story: Ofqual publishes more details on appeals and confirms autumn exam arrangements (30.06.2020). See here.

Ofqual autumn series consultation outcome. (30.06.2020)

Ofqual news story: Ofqual publishes more details on appeals and confirms autumn exam arrangements. See here. (30.06.2020)

DfE guidance: Centre responsibility for autumn GCSE, AS and A level exam series: guidance. See here.

 

Further useful links and information

Central page for all DfE COVID-19 guidance, see here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance: Guidance for full opening - schools. See here

DfE guidance: Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings. See here.

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures. See here. Updated 28.09.2020

Guidance: Remote education webinars. See here. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: Teaching during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: NQT support and inductions from September 2020. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers. Updated 22.09.2020

Guidance: Use of the NHS COVID-19 app in schools and further education colleges. See here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance on initial teacher training (ITT): see here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance: Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE Guidance: School admission appeals data collection: how to submit data. See here. Updated 18.09.2020

DfE guidance: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. See here. Updated 17.09.2020

Guidance: Educational psychologists: support for coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery. See here. Updated 14.09.2020

DfE consultation outcome: Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19). See here. Updated 08.09.2020.

Government correspondence: Letter from PHE and NHS Test and Trace to school and college leaders. See here. (03.09.2020)

Guidance: Keeping children safe in education. See here. Updated 01.09.2020

DfE correspondence: Wellbeing for education return grant: S31 grant determination letter. See here. (17.08.2020)

DfE news story: Government campaign launches to get children ‘back to school safely’. See here. (16.08.2020)

DfE guidance: Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak. See here

DfE press release: Multi-million-pound funding package for school transport. See here. (08.08.2020)

International students and UK schools.  See here. (Member Zone access required).

DfE guidance: Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020. See here

DfE guidance: Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: School attendance: guidance for schools. See here

Department of Health and Social Care guidance: North of England: local restrictions. See here

DfE guidance: Reducing burdens on educational and care settings: see here

DfE guidance: Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings. See here

DfE guidance: Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus. See here

DfE guidance: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium. See here. Updated 23.09.2020

DfE guidance: Buying for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers. See here

DfE guidance: Staying alert and safe (social distancing). See here

DfE guidance: Steps to take following the death of a colleague in children’s services. See here.

DfE guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE gudiance: Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care. See here.

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to faith school admission arrangements. See here

Latest guidance in residential settings, including boarding schools 20.07.20.  See here.

DfE guidance: COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home. See here

DfE speech: Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 02 July 2020. See here

DfE press release: Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September. See here

DfE checklist for school leaders to support full opening: behaviour and attendance. See here

DfE guidance: Managing school premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium. See here

DfE guidance: NQT support and inductions from September 2020. See here

DfE guidance: Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services. See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups. See here

DfE guidance: Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening: see here

DfE guidance: Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: COVID Summer Food Fund. See here

DfE guidance: School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation. See here

DfE guidance on financial support for education, early years and children’s social care: see here.

DfE guidance: Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses. See here

DfE guidance: What FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term. See here

Government news story: Self-isolation lifted for lower risk countries in time for holidays this summer (03.07.2020). See here.

DfE guidance: Teaching mathematics in primary schools. See here

DfE press release: Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding. See here.

DfE speech: Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 19 June 2020. See here

DfE press release: Billion pound Covid catch-up plan to tackle impact of lost teaching time: See here. (19.06.2020)

DfE guidance: Planning guide for primary schools: see here

DfE guidance: Planning a curriculum to teach at school and at home: see here

DfE guidance: Supporting staff in curriculum planning for a phased return: see here

UK government study launched to monitor prevalence of COVID-19 in schools (09.06.2020)

The new voluntary coronavirus (COVID-19) study will assess and monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 among pre-school, primary and secondary school pupils and teachers. See here.

Boarding update

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for boarding schools with international students. See here. 02.09.2020

International students and UK schools.  See here. (Member Zone access required).

Latest guidance in residential settings, including boarding schools 20.07.20.  See here.

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK. See here

Quarantine form for boarders: all arrivals to the UK must provide information regarding their quarantine arrangements. Please ensure your boarders are familiar with this form when communicating details about returning to school.

For an update on boarding houses from BSA (30.05.20) see here. (HMC Member Zone log-in required).

NHS Test and Trace

NHS Testing and tracing for coronavirus. See here

UK government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested. See here

UK government guidance: Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus. See here

UK government guidance: Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection. See here

UK government guidance: COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection. See here

The Test and Trace service will help to manage the risk of the virus re-emerging as restrictions on everyday life are eased. Employers will play their part by making their workplace COVID-secure and encourage workers to follow any notifications to self-isolate. 

DfE press release: Government launches NHS Test and Trace service: see here

DfE guidance: NHS test and trace: workplace guidance: see here

Scientific advice

Evidence on the safety and impact of reopening schools has been published by the government's scientific advisory group, Sage: here.  See BBC News story: here.

Sage: Modelling and behavioural science responses to scenarios for relaxing school closures: see here

DfE overview of scientific advice: here.

Research and analysis: Department for Education explanatory note on SAGE modelling. See here. See also BBC News story: here.

HMC Briefing for Members

HMC Member Zone – ensure you’re logged-in to the HMC Member Zone first, then find HMC Briefing for Members documents here (log-in required).

Reopening schools

DfE guidance: Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. See here. Updated 17.09.2020

Guidance: Keeping children safe in education. See here. Updated 01.09.2020

DfE correspondence: Wellbeing for education return grant: S31 grant determination letter. See here. (17.08.2020)

DfE news story: Government campaign launches to get children ‘back to school safely’. See here. (16.08.2020)

DfE guidance: Guidance for full opening - schools. See here.

DfE guidance: Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings. See here.

DfE guidance: Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020. See here

DfE guidance: School attendance: guidance for schools. See here

DfE guidance: Reducing burdens on educational and care settings: see here

DfE guidance: Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings. See here

Department of Health and Social Care guidance: North of England: local restrictions. See here

DfE guidance: Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus. See here

DfE guidance: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: see here

DfE guidance: Buying for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers. See here

DfE guidance: Staying alert and safe (social distancing). See here

DfE guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE speech: Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 02 July 2020. See here

DfE press release: Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September. See here

DfE guidance: Steps to take following the death of a colleague in children’s services. See here.

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): changes to faith school admission arrangements. See here

DfE guidance: COVID-19: cleaning of non-healthcare settings outside the home. See here

DfE gudiance: Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care. See here.

DfE checklist for school leaders to support full opening: behaviour and attendance. See here

DfE guidance: Managing school premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium. See here

DfE guidance: NQT support and inductions from September 2020. See here

DfE guidance: Taking exams during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: COVID Summer Food Fund. See here

DfE guidance: School funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on the phased return of sport and recreation. See here

DfE guidance: Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Teaching mathematics in primary schools. See here

DfE press release: Plans to ease guidance for over 2 million shielding. See here.

COV-19 space planning for Boarding schools from the architects Squires and Brown. See here.

Schools in Scotland will return in a “safe, phased opening” from 11 August. See here for the re-opening schools guide from the Scottish government. 

In Northern Ireland, Education Minister Peter Weir has announced that pupils in primary seven, and in the key GCSE and A Level years would return to school on Monday, August 17, with other groups to follow in September.

DfE guidance for secondary school provision from 15.06.2020: see here.

Evidence on the safety and impact of reopening schools has been published by the government's scientific advisory group, Sage: here.  See BBC News story: here.

Sage: Modelling and behavioural science responses to scenarios for relaxing school closures: see here

DfE overview of scientific advice: here.

ISBA risk assessment for re-opening schools (login required): see here

ISBA planning guide for re-opening schools (login required): see here. 

ISBA risk assessment for staff returning to school (login required): see here

DfE's Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for educational settings: here.

DfE guidance: Making the most of reduced classroom time: See here

DfE guidance: Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings. See here

DfE guidance: School attendance: guidance for schools. See here

DfE guidance: Opening schools for more children and young people: initial planning framework for schools in England: see here.

DfE guidance: Planning guide for early years and childcare settings: see here

DfE guidance: Planning a curriculum to teach at school and at home: see here.

DfE guidance: Supporting staff in curriculum planning for a phased return: see here.

DfE guidance: Planning guide for primary schools: see here

DfE advice for attendance recording in educational settings: see here.

DfE guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings: see here.

DfE guidance: Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE): see here

DfE guidance: Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening: see here

DfE guidance on examples of teaching practice during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here

DfE guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here

DfE guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers: see here

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 help parents, pupils and staff to stay safe on the public transport network. This includes information on how to cycle and walk safely, where possible. See here

Financial and legal

Important changes to the Government's furlough scheme as at 03.06.2020. See here. (HMC Member Zone access required)

Links to advice and guidance can be found on the Messages to Members and Coronavirus (COVID-19) sections of the HMC Member Zone homepage: see here.

Further Government announcements

UK government promotional material: Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 notice. See here

DfE press release: Billion pound COVID catch-up plan to tackle impact of lost teaching time: See here. (19.06.2020)

Evidence on the safety and impact of reopening schools has been published by the government's scientific advisory group, Sage: here.  See BBC News story: here.

Government guidance for schools and other educational settings.  See here.

The UK Government released its document “Our Plan to Rebuild”, although this only applies currently to England. Page 26 relates to schools. 

Government guidance - Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do: see here

Government guidance for employers to get back up and running and operating safely: see here.

COVID-19 essential worker testing

NHS Testing and tracing for coronavirus. See here

UK government guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested. See here

UK government guidance: Get a free NHS test today to check if you have coronavirus. See here

DfE guidance guidance on getting tested: see here. Includes guidance on arranging a test through self-referral and employer referral methods. 

DfE press release - Coronavirus testing extended to all essential workers in England who have symptoms: see here

DfE/Public Health England advice and guidance

Central page for all DfE COVID-19 guidance, see here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance: Guidance for full opening - schools. See here.

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures. See here. Updated 28.09.2020

Guidance: Remote education webinars. See here. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: Teaching during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here. Updated 25.09.2020

Guidance: NQT support and inductions from September 2020. Updated 25.09.2020

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium. See here. Updated 23.09.2020

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): test kits for schools and FE providers. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance: Use of the NHS COVID-19 app in schools and further education colleges. See here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance on initial teacher training (ITT): see here. Updated 22.09.2020

DfE guidance: Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here. Updated 22.09.2020

Guidance: School admission appeals data collection: how to submit data. See here. Updated 18.09.2020

DfE guidance: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. See here. Updated 17.09.2020

DfE guidance: School attendance: guidance for schools. See here

DfE guidance: Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings. See here.

DfE guidance: Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance on reducing burdens on educational and care settings: see here

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers. See here

DfE guidance: Staying alert and safe (social distancing). See here

Latest guidance in residential settings, including boarding schools 20.07.20.  See here.

DfE guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. See here

DfE guidance: Steps to take following the death of a colleague in children’s services. See here.

DfE guidance - Claiming exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19). See here.

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services. See here

DfE guidance for secondary school provision from 15.06.2020: see here

DfE guidance: Preparing for wider opening of schools from June 1st : here.

DfE's Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings: here.

DfE overview of scientific advice: here.

DfE guidance on safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers: see here

DfE advice for educational settings: see here

DfE guidance on financial support for education, early years and children’s social care: see here.

DfE guidance on closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers: see here.

DfE guidance on implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings: see here

DfE guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people: see here.

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Keeping children safe from abuse and harm: see here

DfE guidance: Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance: Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19). See here

DfE guidance on key workers: see here.

DfE guidance on isolation for residential educational settings: see here.

DfE guidance for schools about temporarily closing: see here

DfE guidance on managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak: see here

DfE guidance on free school meals for schools: see here

DfE guidance on COVID Summer Food Fund: see here.

DfE guidance on travel advice for educational settings: see here

DfE guidance on online education resources: see here.

DfE guidance on staying safe online: see here.

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online: see here

DfE guidance on examples of teaching practice during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here

DfE guidance on remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here

DfE guidance on remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here

DfE guidance on safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here.

DfE case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here.

DfE guidance: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: see here

DfE guidance on school funding: exceptional costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19): see here

DfE guidance on getting technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19): see here

DfE guidance on qualified teacher status (QTS): qualify to teach in England: see here

DfE guidance on teaching about mental wellbeing: see here.

DfE guidance on funding: ITT coronavirus (COVID-19) course extensions 2019 to 2020L: see here

DfE guidance on the assessment only route to QTS: criteria and supporting advice: see here.

DfE collection: Early career framework reforms: see here.

DfE guidance on school and college performance measures: see here.

DfE guidance on school admission appeals: see here.

DfE press release: Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus: see here.

DfE press release: Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families: see here

DfE guidance: Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses. See here

DfE guidance: Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses. See here

DfE guidance: What FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term. See here

The Home Office has produced some new resources on safeguarding children and young people, including downloadable posters and guidance to parents and carers on keeping children safe from abuse and harm. (01.07.2020)

Public Health England/Government advice: see here.

The DfE 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 and 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 hotline.

DfE temporary removals or relaxations of statutory requirements

DfE decision: Modification notice: school registration legislation changes. See here

DfE decision: Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes. See here

Independent Sector

Independent Schools Council (ISC) information for schools: see here

The Independent Schools Council (ISC) has a coronavirus FAQs page for schools on the Member Zone of its website (login required), which continues to be updated.

Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) update for schools: see here.

For details of school closures by country from ISC Research.  See here

Government support for businesses

The Government has set-up a website explaining the different initiatives currently available to support business. See here

Further information on VAT deferrals can be read here.

Safeguarding pointers for remote teaching

ISI has a coronavirus page on its website (see here), which includes some safeguarding pointers for remote teaching (see here).

Digital learning support for schools

DfE guidance: list of online education resources for home education: see here.

Strategies for Teaching Online: see article here

Remote working & wellbeing guide - For school leaders & staff, see here. Tips for school leaders, see here. Tips for individuals, see here

Audio education service, Audiopi, is offering schools free access to its GCSE & A Level podcast tutorial service for two months to help them mitigate the possible impact of coronavirus.  Visit its website, here.

For the Infinity Global – Virtual Learning Platform: see here.

View online lectures on various teaching subjects as a resource for learning from home for Sixth Form students from Gresham's College. See here

Online webinars

To view recordings of Team ASCL webinars, see here

Teaching, school closures and inspections 

For ASCL's FAQ page: see here.

How to support pupil, staff and parental wellbeing when your school is closed - A Tes Webinar presented on 1st April 2020, drawing on the experience of Kellett School In Hong Kong during the closures because of Covid-19. See here.

ISI - deferral of all ISI scheduled inspections: see here.

UK quarantine

The requirement for quarantining travellers arriving in the UK begins on 8th June 2020. The policy will be first reviewed in three weeks, and there is no indication as yet whether the policy will still be in force at the beginning of the Autumn Term.  The DfE has confirmed that schools will be deemed as suitable accommodation for any quarantine requirement, and this has also been confirmed by the Scottish Government, subject to Home Office requirements being met.

Quarantine form for boarders: all arrivals to the UK must provide information regarding their quarantine arrangements. Please ensure your boarders are familiar with this form when communicating details about returning to school.

DfE guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): how to self-isolate when you travel to the UK. See here

Immigration and Visas 

In July, the Home Office published further details of the key work and study immigration routes. This builds on the practical guide for employers which has already been published, and an introduction to the points-based system for EU migrants which will shortly be published on gov.uk. These publications support employers, businesses, the education sector, and applicants in preparing for the new system. Further guidance and Immigration Rules will also be published later this year ahead of the opening of new routes in the Autumn.

The Home Office and UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) has updated its guidance for Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students on temporary concessions in response to the outbreak of coronavirus.  The updates include added information for sponsors of distance learners and that students who start a course by distance learning outside the UK must be granted a visa before travelling to the UK.  Please see here

Government guidance - Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents. See here

Visa centres around the world are beginning to reopen. The Home Office has also issued the following documents:

Insurance

The Association of British Insurers has set-up a central page providing advice on different types of insurance during the current pandemic. See here.

A written parliamentary question submitted by Lord Lexden, president of the Independent Schools Association, about whether independent schools are eligible for compensation for business interruption has been answered by Lord Agnew of Oulton. Questions and answers are published in full online.

Further useful links: