Link to the DfE Website
Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance on temporary changes to special educational needs and disability legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Updated to reflect the expiry of the notice modifying section 42 of the Children and Families Act on 31 July.
guidance is for:
• families and parent carer forums
• SEND Information, Advice and Support Services
• local authorities (both their SEND and social care services, at a strategic and operational level)
• health commissioning bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (at both strategic and operational level)
• early years providers, schools, colleges and other education settings
• mediation advisers
• others who contribute advice and information to education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments, such as:
• educational psychologists
• other health care professionals

updated 31 July 2020

Find, join or create a network for school business professionals
How business professionals working in schools can find, join or create a network of local school business professionals. This guide describes how business professionals working in schools can join or create a school business professional network. Networks help professionals to connect and share information. The school business professional networks directory includes groups that provide peer-to-peer support to help with a broad range of work-related activity, including buying for schools. You can find potential networks by regional schools commissioner (RSC) region. Inclusion in the directory does not constitute a recommendation by the Department for Education.

All levels of staff can benefit from being part of a network.

A network offers many opportunities, including:
• sharing experience and best practice between members and the wider schools sector
• creating an on-call community to resolve problems quickly, saving time and money
• getting better value for money through buying together
• sharing local benchmarking data
• linking to wider local, regional and national networks
• supporting innovation
• being a communication channel between school business professionals, professional bodies and the Department for Education (DfE)
• promoting local opportunities and providing peer support for members

Find out how a school business manager (SBM) established a peer-support network of 50 schools to share innovative strategies
Time updated, 14 August 2020


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What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.
Change made
We have added new information on school admissions. We have updated the information on travelling to and from nursery,
childminders, school and college, education, health and care (EHC) plans, wellbeing, online safety and assessment and exams.
Updated 21 August 2020

DfE and other Consultations

Draft School Admissions Code
Briefing for schools on the proposed changes

Introduction
1. On 26 June, the DfE issued a consultation on a revised version of the School Admissions Code - https://consult.education.gov.uk/home-to-school-transport-and-admissions-team/changes-to-the-school-admissions-code. The consultation will run for 16 weeks until 16 October 2020.

Summer GCSE, AS and A level results 2020: information for students
Information for students about GCSEs, AS and A levels and other qualifications in 2020.
Published 21 August 2020

Pension grants for schools, local authorities and music hubs
Guidance on the pension grant, supplementary fund, and pension funding for local authority centrally employed teachers, and music hubs.
Change made
Updated the grants with the rates used for 2020 to 2021.
updated 21 August 2020

Teachers' pay grant methodology
Guidance for schools and local authorities on the teachers’ pay grant.
Change made
Updated the methodology with the rates used for 2020 to 2021.
updated 21 August 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings
List of data collections, services or requests which will be cancelled, paused or will continue.
Change made
Moved ‘School Workforce Census’ to ‘Data collections that will continue’ ection.
Updated 21 August 2020

Common transfer file 20: specification and guide
Technical documents for software suppliers for common transfer file (CTF) 20.
Change made
Added ‘Common transfer file 20: guide’. Updated 21 August 2020



Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made

Protective measures update for autumn term, making clear the position on group sizes and how providers can minimise the risk of children mixing outside their school bubbles, as well as additional content on music and performing arts, educational visits and shared resources. Updated 20 August 2020

Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.
Change made
Coronavirus (COVID 19) update for autumn term including new section on live performances. updated 20 August 2020

Admission appeals in England: academic year 2019 to 2020
The number, rate and result of appeals submitted in relation to starting at a new school at the start of the 2019 to 2020 academic year.
First published 20 August 2020

Statistics: admission appeals
Statistics on appeals against admission decisions in primary and secondary schools.
Change made
Added ‘Admission appeals in England: academic year 2019 to 2020’.
Updated 20 August 2020

Pupils celebrate results that pave the way for future success
Over 600,000 pupils will receive their GCSE results, with increases in numbers of pupils taking key subjects like maths, science and Spanish
Change made
First published.
Time updated
9:43am, 20 August 2020

Action agreed to support students into preferred universities
Students have been given reassurances on university places and the Government is lifting the cap on medical courses for the coming academic year.
First published, 20 August 2020

Colleges to receive £200 million to transform their buildings
Further education colleges will receive funding boost to ‘build back better’ and kick-start work to upgrade their buildings and estates
First published, 19 August 2020

Independent schools: approved inspectorates
The agreements the Department for Education has reached with approved independent school inspectorate and with Ofsted.
Change made
Replaced the ‘memorandum of understanding’ document with revised direction to Ofsted on monitoring ISI as the only approved independent inspectorate.
Updated 19 August 2020

School census autumn 2020 to summer 2021: school summary report
Specifications for software suppliers developing school summary reports for the school censuses in autumn 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021.
Change made
Updated summary report technical specification for autumn.19 August 2020



Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 13 August 2020
A summary of attendance in education settings from Monday 23 March to Friday 17 July and early years settings from Thursday 16 April to Thursday 12 August.
Change made
First published.18 August 2020

New school proposals
Lists of local authorities seeking academy and free school proposers, and of all academies and free schools already set up.
Change made
Updated ‘Local authorities seeking proposers’ spreadsheets.
Updated 18 August 2020

Manage School Experience service: information for schools
Schools can offer people who want to become teachers an experience in their school.
First published.
Time updated, 18 August 2020

The Skills Toolkit: submit a new course
How providers will be assessed for the courses they submitted
Removed details on submitting an application – applications have now closed.
18 August 2020

GCSE and A level students to receive centre assessment grades
The Government has announced that students in England will receive teacher assessed grades for GCSE and A level results this summer.
First published. 17 August 2020

Government campaign launches to get children ‘back to school safely’
Tomorrow (Monday 17 August) the government launches its #backtoschoolsafely campaign to reassure parents and students that schools and colleges are ready for their return in September.

First published.16 August 2020



Reassurance for schools and students on result appeals
Government action to ensure the fairest possible approach in the absence of exams.
First published.15 August 2020

Exam appeals: The Rt Hon Nick Gibb MP writes to all headteachers and college principals
Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb writes to all headteachers and college principals about A and AS level and GCSE results.
First published, 15 August 2020

Education Sector Advisory Group minutes
Minutes from cross governmental group working to increase international opportunities for UK organisations in the education sector.
First published.11 August 2020
updated, 14 August 2020

Free schools and UTCs: successful applications
Details of successful applications for free schools and university technical colleges (UTCs) in the pre-opening stage..
updated, 14 August 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April.
Change made
Added data up to 13 August 2020.

Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak
Guidance about changes to newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Update to extend the period to 1 September 2021 during which NQT absences related to coronavirus (COVID-19) will not contribute towards the absence limit that would extend statutory induction.
updated, 13 August 2020

Free school travel: funding allocations
Funding for local authorities to spend on home-to-school travel for children from low-income families from 2017 to 2021.

Change made
Added: Additional school and college transport capacity funding allocations up to October 2020 half term.
Time updated
2:32pm, 13 August 2020

Wellbeing for education return grant: S31 grant determination letter
Additional funding for local authorities to support pupils’ and students’ wellbeing and psychosocial recovery as they return to full-time education in autumn 2020.
First published. 12 August 2020

Responsibility for autumn exams
A guide for schools and colleges on who should enter students for autumn exams. It also explains the support DfE is giving for sites, invigilators and exam fees.

Change made
Updated guidance setting out the support that DfE is providing for autumn exams through the DfE Exam Support Service.
Time updated
12 August 2020

Student number controls
Page summary
The measures to protect students and universities during the coronavirus outbreak, including temporary student number controls and additional places.
Change made
Updated the list of exemptions which will not count towards the SNC level in the introduction of temporary student number controls in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) document.
updated 12 August 2020

School buildings: construction framework
Information on the framework used to procure school building construction works.
Change made
Updated the access agreement to include digital signatures.
updated 12 August 2020



School preference data collections: guide to submitting data
How local authorities should submit data for the annual school preference collections.
Change made
2021 collection deadlines added in the Important dates section. Collection documents updated with new technical specification for 2021 and the links removed for the guide for local authorities and XML generator.
updated 11 August 2020

Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020
What local authorities will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.
First published.11 August 2020

Government urges universities to hold places
The Universities Minister has written to all Vice-Chancellors asking them to hold places for students appealing their A level results
Change made
First published.11 August 2020

Independent special schools and colleges
Independent schools for pupils with special educational needs, including those approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act.
Change made
An updated list of special schools and colleges approved under section 41 has been added.
Time updated
10:07am, 10 August 2020

National funding formula tables for schools and high needs: 2021 to 2022
Tables showing provisional allocations for the schools, high needs and central school services blocks from 2021 to 2022.
Change made
Added ‘National funding formula illustrative allocations: supplementary guidance’.
Time updated
5:25pm, 10 August 2020

Multi-million-pound funding package for school transport
New funding for local authorities to ease pressure on public transport as children return in September
First published. 8 August 2020



Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers provided during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on managing Department for Education (DfE) devices provided for children, families and young adults most in need.
First published. 7 August 2020

Get laptops and tablets for children who cannot attend school due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
How schools can access digital devices for children requiring access to remote education due to shielding or local coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
Change made
First published. 7 August 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.
Change made
Updated ‘Remote education support’ in ‘Section 5: Contingency planning for outbreaks’.
Updated 7 August 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services
Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.
Change made
Updated the section ‘How is the Get Help with Technology initiative helping children’s social care during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?’ of ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children’s social care services’.
updated 7 August 2020

Get help with technology during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance for local authorities, academy trusts and schools on devices and support available to provide remote education and access to children’s social care.
Guidance updated, 7 August 2020

Initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual
A training bursary guide for schools and ITT providers.
Change made
Updated the 2020 to 2021 manual to set out that trainees must also demonstrate they meet the degree standard before 30 November 2020.
Time updated 6 August 2020

School capital funding
An overview of school capital funding, who it’s for, current and past allocations, how it’s calculated and spending guidance.
Change made
Added information about ‘Additional funding allocations for the 2020 to 2021 financial year’.
5 August 2020

Condition Improvement Fund: 2020 to 2021 outcome
Information for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan voluntary aided schools about the outcome of the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF) 2020 to 2021.
Change made
Added additional successful projects.
5 August 2020

Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost
Families that benefit from government-funded childcare support were given a boost today as the government announced that they would not lose out due to coronavirus (COVID-19).
First published. 5 August 2020

Hundreds of additional school improvement projects get green light
£560 million investment fast-tracked to improve school buildings
First published. 5 August 2020



Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium
Information for schools on the universal catch-up premium for 2020 to 2021 and the National Tutoring Programme. It includes how much funding schools will get and how it should be spent.
Change made
Added links to the National Tutoring Programme website.
updated 4 August 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 30 July 2020
A summary of attendance in education settings from Monday 23 March to Friday 17 July and early years settings from Thursday 16 April to Thursday 30 July.
First published.4 August 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April.
Change made
Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 30 July 2020’.
updated 4 August 2020

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
An interactive spreadsheet for comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England.
Change made
Updated LAIT tool and version log, 4 August 2020

The risk protection arrangement (RPA) for schools
Public sector schools can join the risk protection arrangement (RPA), an alternative to commercial insurance, which may save time and money.
Contents
1. Join the RPA
2. Get help using or creating a DfE sign in account for the RPA
3. Cost
4. What RPA covers
5. Full details of your cover
6. Additional cover and buying help
7. Free advice and training
8. Make a claim
9. Independent reports
10. General queries
Change made
Added videos explaining how to access the RPA form using a DfE sign in account. Added a link to the summary provisioning analysis reports.
updated, 4 August 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings
List of data collections, services or requests which will be cancelled, paused or will continue. Schools and local authorities should continue to check this document which will be updated as soon as further decisions are made
Change made
Updated with the collections which have been cancelled or are now due to continue. updated 3 August 2020

Apprentices to get jobs boost
New support service launched to help apprentices who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 outbreak to find new opportunities.
First published.1 August 2020



Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance on temporary changes to special educational needs and disability legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Updated to reflect the expiry of the notice modifying section 42 of the Children and Families Act on 31 July.
guidance is for:
• families and parent carer forums
• SEND Information, Advice and Support Services
• local authorities (both their SEND and social care services, at a strategic and operational level)
• health commissioning bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (at both strategic and operational level)
• early years providers, schools, colleges and other education settings
• mediation advisers
• others who contribute advice and information to education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments, such as:
• educational psychologists
• other health care professionals
updated 31 July 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams.
Change made
Removed ‘What parents and carers need to know about nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges until August 2020’ as now out of date.
updated 31 July 2020

Additional payments for teaching: eligibility and payment details
We give additional payments to some teachers to encourage them to stay in the profession. Check the rules for who can claim and how payments are made.
Change made
Added Higher Education Classification of Subjects codes to teachers’ qualifications eligibility criteria in ‘Claim a payment for teaching maths or physics – eligibility and payment details’. Updated 31 July 2020

Buying for schools
Resources for buying goods and services, and finding DfE-recommended suppliers.
Change made
Buying for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – New section ‘Buying for schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ added.
updated 31 July 2020

Local lockdowns: guidance for education and childcare settings
What schools, colleges, nurseries, childminders, early years and other educational settings need to do if there’s a local lockdown during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Added information about a local lockdown in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire and a link to ‘North of England: local restrictions’ guidance.updated 31 July 2020

Permanent and fixed-period exclusions in England: 2018 to 2019
Levels of permanent and fixed-period exclusions by school type, including information on reasons for exclusions and exclusion review panels.
First published.30 July 2020

Apprenticeships and traineeships: July 2020
Apprenticeship service data as at June 2020, and apprenticeship starts to May 2020, with separate June 2020 starts covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
First published.30 July 2020

Initial teacher training performance profiles: 2018 to 2019
Statistics about trainees in their final year of initial teacher training (ITT) in England.
First published.30 July 2020

Statistics: widening participation in higher education
Annual statistics on young people’s participation in higher education, including their background characteristics.
Change made
Added ‘Widening participation in higher education: 2020’. Updated collection to note that from 30 July 2020, the DfE will be publishing the Widening participation in higher education releases on a new statistics site, Explore Education Statistics (EES).
updated 30 July 2020



Widening participation in higher education: 2020
Annual statistics on young people’s participation in higher education, including their background characteristics.
First published.30 July 2020

Statistics: initial teacher training
Statistics on initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment, allocations and performance data.
Change made
Added ‘Initial teacher training performance profiles: 2018 to 2019’.
updated 30 July 2020

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation
Multi-agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. This guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) is for all persons and bodies in England and Wales.
You must read and follow this guidance if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
You should read this FGM guidance along-side other safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):
Change made
Updated guidance published.
updated 30 July 2020

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes
Secretary of State for Education issues fourth notice about changes to state-funded school inspections requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Added a fourth notice for August 2020.
updated 30 July 2020

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes
Secretary of State for Education issues fourth notice to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Added a fourth notice for August 2020.
updated 30 July 2020

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes
Secretary of State for Education issues fourth notice to modify registration requirements for temporary pupils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Added a fourth notice for August 2020.
updated 30 July 2020

Children’s services omnibus
A summary of responses from senior leaders in local authorities to questions asked in waves 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the children’s services omnibus survey.
Change made
Added Wave 5 report.
updated, 30 July 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updated guidance to include the temporary flexibility to allow apprenticeship certificates to be sent to an alternative address and the end point assessment (EPA) flexibilities that are extended until the end of the year.
updated 30 July 2020

Student number controls
The measures to protect students and universities during the coronavirus outbreak, including temporary student number controls and additional places.
Change made
Updated advice for mergers and franchising arrangements. 30 July 2020

Extra university places for vital courses announced
Over 9,000 additional places approved at UK universities for courses to deliver vital services and support the economy.
First published, 30 July 2020

The Skills Toolkit: submit a new course
How providers can submit course content to be included on The Skills Toolkit.
First published. 28 July 2020

Steps to take following the death of a colleague in children’s services
Page summary
Actions for employers and providers following a coronavirus (COVID-19) related death of a carer or colleague across children’s services.
First published.28 July 2020

Early years foundation stage statutory framework (EYFS)
The standards that school and childcare providers must meet for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5.
Change made
Updated to reflect the extension of the validity of current PFA certificates.
updated, 28 July 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Updated to reflect changes in legislation to the 30 hours free entitlement and information on the validity of Paediatric First-Aid certificates.
Updated 27 July 2020

Academy sponsor list
Details of approved academy sponsors.
Change made
Updated ‘Approved sponsor list’ with July 2020 information.
Time updated 27 July 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.
Change made
Guidance updated to provide more advice and clarity on some aspects of the return to school in the autumn.
updated 27 July 2020



What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak
Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education. Added information for parents and carers about the wider opening to nurseries, schools and colleges from 1 June. updated 6:57pm, 11 May 2020

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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings
Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement protective measures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students. Added a link to information about opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June.

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak
Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.Updated information about claiming for additional costs, providing meals or food parcels through your food provider and ordering vouchers to cover multiple weeks. updated1:50pm, 15 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings
Guidance for schools and other educational settings about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. updated12:02pm, 15 May 2020

Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Department for Education’s response to issues raised regarding the science on coronavirus (COVID-19). updated 2:56pm, 15 May 2020

School funding: between financial years 2010 to 2011 and 2020 to 2021
New experimental statistics on school funding in England between financial years 2010 to 2011 and 2020 to 2021. updated 4:00pm, 15 May 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated guidance including adding a new section clarifying the position on welcoming back all children to early years settings from 1 June, information on when childminders can reopen to more children, and what provision they can currently provide, information on testing for essential workers, and information for parents on temporary changes to the 30 hours free early education entitlements. updated 5:28pm, 15 May 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What schools need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. updated 5:53pm, 15 May 2020

Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for education settings and local authorities about children supported through social care, with EHC plans or identified as vulnerable by their school or local authority.

Updated guidance to reflect wider plans for more year groups to return to education settings, stating that vulnerable children and young people remain a priority, and are expected to attend if appropriate. We have not changed the groups included in the definition of vulnerable children, but have provided further examples of what types of children might be considered to be ‘otherwise vulnerable’, at the education provider’s discretion. We have also included updated links to Public Health England advice. Time updated 7:01pm, 15 May 2020

14 to 19 technical and applied qualifications: technical guidance
Guidance for awarding organisations submitting technical and applied qualifications for school and college performance tables. A set of Updated guides about delaying the implementation of the new key stage 4 performance tables qualifications approvals process due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response
This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).



Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidance
Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. With added guidance about free school meal support over the Easter holidays.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for schools
Guidance on funding available to schools to support them with costs associated with coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources
Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings
Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing.

Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus
The Government has announced a package of support, including additional funding and high-quality resources, to help schools deal with the challenges posed by coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)
Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Procurement at DfE
Bidding for Department for Education (DfE) contracts.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closures
What schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings
Guidance for schools and other educational settings about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings
Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures
Our approach to school and college accountability, performance tables and data during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

School complaints procedures: guidance for schools
Guidance for local-authority-maintained schools about setting up or reviewing complaints procedures.

Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual
Directions from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator of Ofqual, about awarding results for qualifications being assessed summer 2020. Added ‘Direction to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual about vocational and technical qualifications, and other general qualifications’.

Introduction of T Levels
T Levels are due to be introduced from the academic year 2020 to 2021. Find out what they are and what they mean for you. Updated with information for technical qualifications, 2020 course titles and new content on the T Levels website.

Technical qualifications within T Levels
Information on how Ofqual is regulating the technical qualification component of T Levels.

Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families
Up to £8 million in funding for adoptive families to meet needs arising from coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings
Guidance to support management of children and young people in residential educational settings, including boarding schools, residential special schools and specialist colleges and children’s homes.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people
Page summary
Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people.

COVID-19: school closures
What schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.



Teachers in primary and secondary schools: TALIS 2018
The views and practices of primary and lower secondary teachers and their headteachers in England, compared with other countries.

Retiring teachers: nomination form for official letter of thanks
Form to nominate exceptional teachers for an appreciation letter at retirement from the Secretary of State for Education.

Universities told not to alter applicants’ offers
Universities Minister Michelle Donelan is asking higher education providers not to change their offers to students for two weeks to maintain stability.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response
This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision
Operational guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training provision.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures
Guidance for local authorities, early years settings and childminders about childcare provision following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

DfE monthly workforce management information: 2019 to 2020
Staff numbers and costs for the Department for Education (DfE) group for the financial year 2019 to 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings
Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing.

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings
Guidance for schools and other educational settings in providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): travel advice for educational settings
Advice for educational settings, and their students and staff, who are travelling or planning to travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.



School governance update
Important news and communications from the Department for Education (DfE) relating to governance in maintained schools and academy trusts in England.

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 updated 7:06pm, 14 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings
A summary of how many children and teachers attended education and childcare settings since Monday 23 March.

Free schools and UTCs: successful applications
Details of successful applications for free schools and university technical colleges (UTCs) in the pre-opening stage. 2:57pm, 12 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources
Online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home. updated 12:00am, 13 May 2020

Open academies, free schools, studio schools and UTCs
Information on all academies, free schools, studio schools and university technical colleges (UTCs) open in England, and those in the process of opening. Added ‘Open academies, free schools, studio schools and UTCs and academy projects awaiting approval: April 2020’.

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak
Guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training, changes to funding arrangements, data collections and assessment. updated 1:06pm, 13 May 2020



Department for Education non-executive appointments
Information about non-executive appointments to the Department for Education’s public bodies.

Higher education provider data: estates management: 2018 to 2019
Environmental information for UK higher education providers from the estates management record – updated for the academic year 2018 to 2019.

Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2018
A range of outcome measures at national and local authority level for children looked after continuously for at least 12 months.

Outcomes for children looked after by LAs: 31 March 2019
A range of outcome measures at national and local authority level for children looked after continuously for at least 12 months Added additional tables, text and pre-release list for attainment of previously looked after children. Updated main text to amend minor error’. Updated 9:30am, 14 May 2020

How to access Department for Education (DfE) data extracts
How to apply for data extracts from the National Pupil Database (NPD), School Workforce, Individualised Learner Record and Higher Education Statistics Agency. Updated 11:33am, 14 May 2020

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)
An interactive spreadsheet for comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England.

National professional qualifications (NPQs): list of providers
List of national professional qualifications (NPQs) providers, divided by region.

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings
List of critical workers (key workers) who can send their children to school or other educational settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Updated to reflect that children of critical workers are encouraged to attend school, and to reflect plans for wider opening of schools from 1 June, at the earliest. Updated information defining vulnerable children, in line with existing guidance, for the purpose of continued education. Updated 3:23pm, 14 May 2020

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. updated 6:38pm, 14 May 2020

Details on phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries
Schools, colleges and nurseries to begin to prepare to open to more young people from 1 June at the earliest, with protective measures in place updated 7:21pm, 11 May 2020

DfE and executive agency spend over £25,000: 2019 to 2020
Spending over £25,000 by the Department for Education (DfE) and its executive agencies during the financial year 2019 to 2020.‘Department for Education and executive agency spend: March 2020’.updated1:11pm, 12 May 2020

DfE and executive agency ePCS spend over £500: 2019 to 2020
Spending by electronic purchasing card solution (ePCS) over £500 in the 2019 to 2020 financial year. Added ‘Department for Education and executive agency spend over £500 by ePCS: March 2020’.

Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2019 to 2020
made on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) in the 2019 to 2020 financial year. ‘Teachers’ pension scheme payments: March 2020’ updated 1:12pm, 12 May 2020