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Coronavirus - updated advice 29th June 2020

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

Prime Minister announces school rebuilding programme

The Prime Minister has set out a transformative ten-year rebuilding programme for schools across England. 

The rebuilding programme will start in 2020-21 with the first 50 projects, supported by over £1 billion in funding. Further details of the new, multi-wave ten-year construction programme will be set out at the next Spending Review.

Investment will be targeted at school buildings in the worst condition across England – including substantial investment in the North and the Midlands – as part of the Prime Minister’s plan to level up opportunity for all.
The full press release can be found here:

Updated guidance on reducing data collection requirements for early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers

In April 2020, to help reduce the burden on early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers, the Department for Education and its agencies cancelled or paused all but the most essential data collections, services and requests until June 2020.
We published the list on 20 April and promised to review those collections that were paused and extend the pause period if necessary.
A review of the list has now taken place, and some collections are due to restart while the pause period for those collections which remain paused has been extended to 30 September.
The full list of data collections, services and requests that will continue, restart, be cancelled, paused or deferred can be found here:

Guidance for managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has published guidance for owners and operators of playgrounds and outdoor gyms, including school governing bodies and academy trusts, to enable their use from 4 July 2020 while minimising the transmission risk of coronavirus (COVID-19).
The managing playgrounds and outdoor gyms guidance can be found here:

Collection of guidance for early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers 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: