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Coronavirus - updated advice 19th June 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) is continuing to update on the government’s response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). 


New catch up funding

Today, we have announced a £1 billion catch-up package to support pupils who may have fallen behind due to lost teaching time as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This package includes:
• a one-off grant shared across state funded primary and secondary schools over the 2020/21 academic year to support pupils, recognising that all young people have lost time in education as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, regardless of their income or background.
• a National Tutoring Programme to increase access to high-quality tuition for the most disadvantaged young people over the 2020/21 academic year.
The Education Endowment Foundation has also published a guide to help school leaders and staff decide how to use this funding to best support their pupils and their outcomes.
Further information on the coronavirus (COVID-19) catch up support package can be found here:
The Education Endowment Fund guide for schools can be found here:

Updated guidance for parents and carers on educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers on what they need to know about early years providers, schools, and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to align with policy announcements already made, for example, the flexibility for primary schools to welcome back additional pupils where they have the capacity to do so. We have also changed the layout of the page in response to user feedback to help parents and carers navigate to the information they need.
The guidance can be found here:

Updated guidance on supporting children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND)

We have updated our guidance for educational settings supporting children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND). The update includes a new section with information for settings on the of re-admission of pupils who are clinically extremely vulnerable or with education, health and care (EHC) plans.
The guidance can be found here:

National trial of the extension of powers of the special education-al needs and disability (SEND) tribunal to continue

We have updated the guidance for local authorities, health commissioners, parents and young people on the 2-year trial to extend powers of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal.
The trial was due to end on 31 August 2020, however, given the pressures local areas are under as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have decided to extend the trial until 31 August 2021.
The guidance can be found here:

Updated guidance for schools on reporting on pupil performance

We have updated our guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents. This guidance has been updated to confirm that regulations have been laid to remove the requirement to report on national curriculum assessments and attendance.
The guidance for headteachers on reporting to parents on pupil performance can be found here:
The guidance for schools on reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2 can be found here:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK

The Department for Education’s coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance has been grouped by subject and audience on GOV.UK to help you find the information relevant to you. In response to your feedback, future updates to guidance will also include a summary of the changes that have been made.
Guidance on what early years providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
Guidance on what school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
Guidance on what colleges, universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
Guidance on what local authority children’s services need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be found here:
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Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education 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
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

Handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.
The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here: