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Department for Education and Public Health England guidance

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State-funded school inspections and outcomes: management information

Management information was paused in April due to COVID-19 but will be published again in June 2020.


School governance update

School governance: coronavirus (COVID-19) update.

School exclusion

Guidance on changes to school exclusions during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.


Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening

Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND).
24/05/2020Preparing for the wider opening of early years and childcare settings from 1 June  This planning guide is intended to provide information and support for all early years providers in England as they prepare to open for all children. 
23/05/2020Department for Education Explanatory Note on SAGE ModellingAn explanatory note for SAGE's paper assessing the potential impact of more children returning to school on the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Interdisciplinary Task and Finish Group on the Role of Children in Transmission

Modelling and behavioural science responses to scenarios for relaxing school closures


Centre responsibility for autumn GCSE, AS and A level exam series: guidance

Sets out DfE’s expectations in relation to which centres should be responsible for entering candidates for these exams.

School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers

Guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents.

Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Department for Education’s response to issues raised regarding the science on coronavirus (COVID-19).


Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June

A planning guide for primary school leaders to help prepare them to open their schools for more pupils during the coronavirus outbreak.

Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update

Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

This guidance is for education and childcare settings. It may be updated in line with the changing situation.

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

Next steps for the phased wider opening of educational and childcare settings.

The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy

The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.
11/05/2020Teaching Vacancies serviceA free, national service for searching and listing teaching roles.
05/05/2020Keeping pupils motivated and engagedSchools are using various methods to keep pupils interested and motivated when learning remotely.

Adapting the curriculum for remote education

Schools have been using various methods to adapt the curriculum for remote education to best meet the needs of pupils.
05/05/2020Adapting teaching practice for remote educationSchools have been using various methods to adapt teaching practice for remote education to best meet the needs of pupils.
05/05/2020Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)Examples of practice for remote education from schools and academies across England.

Supporting pupils’ wellbeing

Schools have been using various methods to ensure that they are supporting pupils’ wellbeing and providing pastoral care.
05/05/2020Remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)An opportunity for schools to learn from each other's emerging practice as they develop their approaches to providing remote education.

Statistics at DfE

Publication of ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings’ transparency data.


SEND code of practice: 0 to 25 years

Guidance on the special educational needs and disability (SEND) system for children and young people aged 0 to 25, from 1 September 2014.
30/04/2020School attendance: guidance for schoolsGuidance on using pupil registers and attendance codes, as well as setting school hours and term dates.

Modification notice: EHC plans legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education's notice to modify the duty relating to education, health and care (EHC) plans during the coronavirus outbreak.

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education's notice about changes to state-funded school inspections requirements during the coronavirus outbreak.

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes

Secretary of State for Education notice to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus outbreak.

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What schools need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Recruit teachers from Spain to teach modern foreign languages

Get help recruiting qualified teachers from Spain to teach modern foreign languages using Spain’s Visiting Teachers Programme (SVTP).
27/04/2020Recruit a qualified international teacherState funded secondary schools and academies in England can get help from the International Teacher Recruitment Programme to recruit international teachers.

School admissions appeals code

Added guidance about the changes to the admission appeals regulations during the coronavirus outbreak.

24/04/2020Using clusters and hubs to maintain educational provisionWhat educational settings need to know when making decisions on cluster or hub models, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
24/04/2020Managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak
Guidance for schools and other educational settings on managing premises, which are partially open, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
22/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social careFunding and financial support available for education, childcare and children’s social care organisations.
21/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings

A summary of how many children and teachers attended education settings between Monday 23 March and Friday 17 April 2020.

21/04/2020Get help with technology for remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)DfE is working in partnership with an industry coalition to provide technology to support remote education.

COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing

Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
20/04/2020Reducing burdens on educational and care settings

Guidance on which data collections, services or requests will be cancelled, paused or deferred in the 2019/20 academic year.

20/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidanceDetails how Free School Meal eligible families can access food vouchers.
19/04/2020Safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely.

19/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people

This guidance sets out the different groups of vulnerable children and young people who are encouraged to attend school and how DfE recommend providers follow up on non-attendance.

19/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closuresA broad overview of all issues caused by school closures and how teachers, local authorities, governors and trustees should respond.
17/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020FAQs concerning the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
14/04/2020Admission appeals for school placesA selection of guides to help admission authorities advise those involved with school admission appeals to understand their roles and responsibilities.
08/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measuresDfE approach to school accountability, performance tables and data during the COVID-19 outbreak.
07/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19 19): online education resourcesProvides a substantial list of education resources to help children learn from home.
07/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for schoolsThis guidance sets out the financial support DfE will put in place during the COVID-19 response. This guidance covers support for schools up to the end of the 2019/20 summer term.
07/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settingsThis guidance sets out several internal strategies an education and childcare setting can use to comply with social distancing.  
07/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settingsThis guidance sets out the procedures an educational setting should carry out if a child or adult becomes ill.  
07/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)

Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by COVID-19.


(Arrangements set out in this guide are subject to secondary legislation)
01/04/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): induction for newly qualified teachersGuidance about changes to newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction during the COVID-19 outbreak.

COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeing

Advice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
27/03/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providersThis is interim safeguarding guidance, which is under review and will be updated.
25/03/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settingsAdvice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the COVID-19 outbreak.
19/03/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining educational provisionOutlines the industries of parents whose children will be prioritised for education provision.

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