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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)
Guidance for schools during the transition period and after 1 January 2021Information to help schools prepare for the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020.
Students to be given more time to prepare for 2021 examsPress release announcing that exams will go ahead next summer, underpinned by contingencies for all possible scenarios.
Free school pre-opening guideThe processes proposer groups will need to follow and the resources they can use to open successfully.
Children looked after return 2021 to 2022: guideGuide for local authorities submitting the children looked after data return for the year 2021 to 2022.
Plan your relationships, sex and health curriculumInformation to help school leaders plan, develop and implement the new statutory curriculum.

Remote education good practice

Good practice to support school leaders in developing their remote education contingency plans.

Public health arrangements for autumn examsThis guidance sets out public health arrangements that schools, colleges and other exam centres should implement when delivering exams in autumn 2020 to enable them to progress in a coronavirus (COVID-19) secure way.

Ofsted support for area SEND arrangements this autumn term

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will start carrying out visits to local areas from October.
Further education (FE) autumn term guidanceThe guidance sets out what further education (FE) providers need to know for the autumn term so that students of all ages can benefit from their education and training in full.
How schools can plan for tier 2 local restrictionsThis guidance set out principles likely to apply where a tier 2 rota system is required. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): home test kits for schools and FE providers

Guidance for schools  on the initial supply of coronavirus (COVID-19) home testing kits for pupils, teachers and staff.

Face coverings in education

Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in Years 7 and above in England.

£8m programme to boost pupil and teacher wellbeing

A new training scheme has launched to improve wellbeing and mental health support in schools.

Wellbeing for education return grant

Additional funding for local authorities to support pupils’ and students’ wellbeing and psychosocial recovery as they return to full-time education in autumn 2020.
Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020What local authorities will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.
Steps to take following the death of a colleague in children's servicesActions for employers and providers following a coronavirus (COVID-19) related death of a carer or colleague across children’s services.
Safe 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.
Reducing burdens on educational and care settingsOngoing review of data collections, services and requests by the Department for Education.
School governance updateSchool governance: coronavirus (COVID-19) update.
Information 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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary extension of free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups
Free school meals eligibility to NRPF groups.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by COVID-19.
The latest information from Ofqual regarding results day, autumn and 2021 examinations.
COVID 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.
Behaviour 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.
Guidance 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.
Protective 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.
Education plans from September 2020Guidance for education providers about Ofsted’s phased return to inspection.
Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling updateOfsted guidance and information relating to COVID-19 for schools.
Guidance for full opening - schoolsWhat all schools will need to do during the COVID-19 outbreak from the start of the autumn term.
Guidance 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).
Modification 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.
Advice 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.
COVID-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.
COVID-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.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): online education resourcesProvides a substantial list of education resources to help children learn from home.
Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19)What local authority children’s services need to do during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Guidance 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.
Teaching Vacancies serviceA free, national service for searching and listing teaching roles.
Coronavirus (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).
Recruit 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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