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Department for Education and Public Health England guidance

NSN is collating guidance issued for schools by the Department for Education and Public Health England.

Department for Education Coronavirus Helpline

for education related queries: anyone working in early years through to universities, plus parents
0800 046 8687
8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Issue dateTitleSummary
21/07/2020Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social carePreventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak.
17/07/2020Reducing burdens on educational and care settingsOngoing review of data collections, services and requests by the Department for Education.
17/07/2020School governance updateSchool governance: coronavirus (COVID-19) update.
15/07/2020Information for schools and newly qualified teachers (NQTs) preparing for NQT induction from September 2020Clarifies the expectations of schools when supporting the 2020/21 NQT cohort. It is based on user research that DfE carried out in April 2020.
15/07/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups
Free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups.
14/07/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by COVID-19.
13/07/2020The latest information from Ofqual regarding results day, autumn and 2021 examinations.
13/07/2020COVID Summer Food FundGuidance for schools and local authorities on providing vouchers to support pupils eligible for free school meals over the summer holiday period during the COVID-19 outbreak.
10/07/2020Behaviour and discipline in schoolsHow school leaders and staff can develop a school behaviour policy, including checklists to support full school opening following the COVID-19 outbreak.
10/07/2020Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreakThis guidance is for parents and carers and covers changes to after-school clubs, holiday clubs, tuition, community activities and other out-of-school settings for children and young people over the age of 5 during the COVID-19 outbreak.
10/07/2020Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreakThis guidance is for organisations or individuals who provide community activities, tuition, holiday clubs or after-school clubs for children, as well as their staff and volunteers.
09/07/2020Education plans from September 2020Guidance for education providers about Ofsted’s phased return to inspection.
07/07/2020Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling updateOfsted guidance and information relating to COVID-19 for schools.
02/07/2020Guidance for full opening - schoolsWhat all schools will need to do during the COVID-19 outbreak from the start of the autumn term.
02/07/2020Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settingsGuidance for special educational settings to prepare for the September return of pupils with special education needs and disability (SEND).
29/06/2020Modification notice: EHC plans legislation changesSecretary of State for Education's notice to modify the duty relating to education, health and care (EHC) plans during the coronavirus outbreak.
25/06/2020Advice to parents and carers on keeping children safe from harm and abuseThis guidance brings together sources of information about the main risks children may be particularly vulnerable to during the COVID-19 pandemic and signposts you to help and support available.
25/06/2020COVID-19: guidance for the public on mental health and wellbeingAdvice and information on how to look after your mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak.
25/06/2020COVID-19: guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeingAdvice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the COVID-19 outbreak.
24/06/2020Coronavirus (COVID-19): online education resourcesProvides a substantial list of education resources to help children learn from home.
17/06/2020Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19)What local authority children’s services need to do during the COVID-19 outbreak.
17/06/2020Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Identifying and addressing gaps in pupils’ understanding

How schools can find out how much pupils know, and do not know, after a long period of remote education due the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pastoral care in the curriculum

How schools can provide additional emotional and pastoral support for pupils when they return to school following the COVID-19 outbreak.


Extra mental health support for pupils and teachers

Online resources and charity grants to help schools respond to the impact of coronavirus on mental health and wellbeing.


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.
11/05/2020Teaching Vacancies serviceA free, national service for searching and listing teaching roles.
05/05/2020Coronavirus (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.

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.

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