Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 20/10/21

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. 

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 guidance for schools

Schools COVID-19 operational guidance (available here) - applies to England only.
Contingency framework for education and childcare settings (available here) - applies to England only.
The DfE has published a collection of the latest guidance for schools, see here.

Covid-19 – further key announcements/news

  • Guidance - Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak. See here. Updated 27.08.2021
  • Face coverings will no longer have to be worn in classrooms or communal areas by pupils from 17 May. See DfE update here. (10.05.21)
  • See the Welsh Education Minister's letter of response about managed quarantine arrangements across the UK to HMC General Secretary, Dr Simon Hyde here. (11.03.2021)
  • See the Minister of State for School Standards letter of response to HMC General Secretary, Dr Simon Hyde regarding the safety of school staff here. (10.03.2021)
  • See response to HMC General Secretary, Dr Simon Hyde from the UK government regarding vaccination priority for school staff here. (05.03.2021)
  • DfE press release: Teacher assessed grades for students, see here. (25.02.2021)
  • To view HMC General Secretary, Dr Simon Hyde's blog titled 'Serenity Prayer', see here. (25.02.2021)
  • HMC General Secretary welcomes full return to school on March 8th, see here. (22.02.2021)
  • DfE press release: Mass testing for secondary pupils as all schools and colleges fully reopen from 8 March, see here. (22.02.2021)
  • Schools as teacher and community vaccination hubs: ongoing offer letter from HMC and its partners dated 05.02.21, see here. (05.02.2021)
  • Consultation outcome on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021, see here. (15.01.2021)
  • Consultation on alternative arrangements for the award of VTQs and other general qualifications in 2021. See here. (15.01.2021)
  • For the HMC, Cognita, Academies Enterprise Trust and Ormiston Academies Trust co-signed vaccination plan letter to the Prime Minister, see here. (10.01.2021)
  • See the statement from HMC on on iGCSE exams here. (08.01.2021)
  • DfE guidance: Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings, see here. Updated (08.01.21)
  • See a blog from HMC General Secretary, Dr Simon Hyde, titled 'Passing the buck' here. (06.01.2021)
  • See the statement from HMC on iGCSE examinations here. (06.01.2021)
  • DfE update: Oral statement to Parliament - Education Secretary statement to Parliament on national lockdown , please see here. (06.01.2021)
  • Ofqual news story: A message from Simon Lebus, Chief Regulator, on exams in 2021, please see here. (06.01.2021)
  • See the statement from HMC on Public Exams here. (05.01.2021)
  • For government guidance on administering Covid-19 tests, see here. (31.12.20)
  • A schools and colleges handbook to support the Test and Trace programme from NHS Test and Trace is available here. (15.12.20)
  • DfE announcement on extra measures to support students ahead of the summer exams, see here. (03.12.20)

HMC member resources

Further resources can be accessed here (Member Zone access required).