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What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during COVID-19
Information for parents and carers about attending schools, nurseries and colleges in 2021.
Change made:
Updated guidance on face coverings, contact tracing and isolation, vaccinations, and holidays and travel to reflect new measures announced on 2 December 2021

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:
Converted to HTML to improve accessibility.
2 December 2021

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Change made:
Converted to HTML to improve accessibility. Added clarification on the use of face visors and face shields by those who are exempt from wearing face coverings and what guidance children and staff must follow when travelling to England from abroad. 2 December 2021


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Plans to develop world class teachers through high-quality training and support
The government has confirmed reforms for initial teacher training to ensure all children and young people receive an excellent education.
First published. 1 December 2021



Systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) teaching programme validation
Guidance on how to complete the self assessment form with the essential core criteria and supporting information.

Change made:
Updated the deadline for the third validation panel to 31 March 2022. 25 November 2021

DfE and other Consultations

Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) in education and childcare settings
What measures education and childcare settings should be prepared to introduce to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made:
Updated guidance on contact tracing and isolation, face coverings and testing of higher education students. 3 December 2021

Academic mentors
How schools and academy trusts can apply for subsidised tutoring as part of the national tutoring programme to help pupils catch up on missed learning.
Change made:
Updated the eligibility criteria for academic mentor support.
3 December 2021

Support for vulnerable young people in serious violence hotspots
Page summary:
Young people who are most at risk of serious violence or gang exploitation will receive targeted support to keep them engaged in education and attending lessons
First published. 2 December 2021

Colours Academy: warning notice
A warning notice to Colours Academy from the Department for Education.
First published, 1 November 2021

Higher education student finance 2022 to 2023: equality analysis
Analysis of how changes made to student finance regulations for the 2022 to 2023 academic year will affect specific protected groups.
First published. 2 December 2021

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:
Converted to HTML to improve accessibility and add clarification on the use of face visors and face shields by those who are exempt from wearing face coverings. 2 December 2021

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.
Change made:
Updated the list of open academies, free schools, studio schools and UTCs and academy projects in development to include November 2021.

Children's Minister speaks to the National Network of Parent Carer Forums
Will Quince gives keynote address to parents and carers of children with special educational needs and disabilities
1 December 2021

DfE monthly workforce management information: 2021 to 2022
Staff numbers and costs for the Department for Education (DfE) group for the financial year 2021 to 2022.
Change made:
Added ‘DfE monthly workforce management information: October 2021’ December 2021

Initial teacher training (ITT) market review
Information for initial teacher training providers about the government’s market review of initial teacher training (ITT).
Change made:
Updated with details of the government’s response to the public consultation, and the accreditation process for providers offering ITT that leads to qualified teacher status from 2024.
1 December 2021

Initial teacher training (ITT) market review
We’re seeking views on the recommendations made in the ITT market review report.
Change made:
Added ‘Government response to the initial teacher training (ITT) market review report’ and equalities impact assessment.
1 December 2021

Initial teacher training (ITT): provider closure and withdrawal of ITT accreditation
Information on the process for providers wishing to close ITT provision and withdrawal of initial teacher training accreditation.
Change made:
Updated to reflect the updated process for withdrawal of accreditation in line with the government response to the ITT review. 1 December 2021

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice
Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT) until 31 August 2024.
Change made:
Updated to reflect that this current guidance applies to accredited providers delivering ITT courses until 31 August 2024. After this date, new published ITT criteria and quality requirements will be in place. 1 December 2021



Emergency school improvement fund (non-capital)
Funding to support schools facing unexpected or imminent failure to improve in areas such as leadership, governance, safeguarding, human resources and finance.
Change made:
Updated as teaching schools and national support schools no longer exist. Moved existing eligibility criteria on to this guidance. Added information about the application process, funding allocations and reporting and accountability. 30 November 2021

School buildings: construction framework 2021
Information on the framework used to procure school and public building construction works.
First published.
30 November 2021

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Early years initial teacher training: 2022 to 2023 funding guidance
Funding guidance for early years initial teacher training (EYITT) providers for 2022 to 2023.
Change made:
First published.30 November 2021

Teachers’ pension scheme: proposed changes to scheme regulations
We’d like your views on proposed changes to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme Regulations to enact the first phase of the McCloud Remedy.
First published. 30 November 2021



Senior mental health lead training
Find out how to apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Change made:
Updated the list of DfE-assured senior mental health lead training courses. 30 November 2021

Evaluation of the mental health assessment pilots for looked after children
The report examines the effectiveness and impact of a new approach to mental health assessments for looked after children, piloted by 9 local areas.
First published. 30 November 2021

National Leaders of Further Education: guidance for potential applicants
Find out about National Leaders of Further Education (NLFEs).
Change made:
Updated application guidelines including new recruitment round and added new application form.
29 November 2021

National Leaders of Governance for further education: national leaders
National Leaders of Governance (NLGs) carry out college improvement work by supporting governors and clerks to improve
governance.
Change made:
We have updated the programme information and list of current members. 29 November 2021

Transport to schools and colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic
What those responsible for transport to schools and colleges will need to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Change made:
Updated advice on face coverings and travel to reflect new measures announced on 27 November 2021.



National Skills Fund
An overview of the National Skills Fund which aims to help adults to train and gain the valuable skills they need to improve their job prospects and support the economy.

Change made:
Updated the information about adults who claim Universal Credit. Also updated the ‘Free qualifications for adults’ section to confirm that from April 2022, any adult in England earning under the National Living Wage will also be able to access these qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level.
26 November 2021

Find a free level 3 qualification
Details of free level 3 qualifications available to eligible adults and the colleges and training providers who are currently able to offer free places.

Change made:
Updated ‘List of free level 3 qualifications available to eligible adults’. New qualifications are highlighted by ‘(added November 2021)’ in the qualification title field.
26 November 2021

Data protection: privacy notice model documents
Suggested privacy notices for schools and local authorities to issue to staff, parents and pupils about the collection of data.

Change made:
Updated the document ‘Explanation of privacy notices’.
26 November 2021

Free courses for jobs
Details of the free courses and qualifications to help adults (19+) gain skills for life, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.

Change made:
Updated the information about adults who claim Universal Credit. Also updated the ‘Free qualifications for adults’ eligibility section to confirm that from April 2022, any adult in England earning under the National Living Wage will also be able to access these qualifications for free, regardless of their prior qualification level.
26 November 2021

New measures to reduce pupil absence
Government attendance advisors to start work helping local areas and school trusts put new plans in place to increase attendance First published. 26 November 2021



Free period product scheme for schools and colleges extended
Free period products will continue to be available for schools to distribute to their pupils in England
First published. 26 November 2021

Choosing a phonics teaching programme
Sets out what the government is doing to help schools choose a phonics teaching programme.

Change made:
Extended the third deadline for submitting SSP teaching programmes for validation. Also updated the Information for schools section with details on what’s important when choosing an SSP programme, and the section on Support for schools to clarify the additional funding package and eligibility.
25 November 2021

Co-ordinated admissions 2022: series 18 files
Files for the electronic transfer of 2022 co-ordinated admissions data, primarily for use by software suppliers.
First published. 25 November 2021

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course directory
An overview and directory of subject knowledge enhancement courses for lead schools and initial teacher training (ITT) providers. Updated the sections on: biology, chemistry, English, mathematics and physics.
25 November 2021



Department for Education modern slavery statement: 2020 to 2021
Department for Education (DfE) statement on modern slavery for the 2020 to 2021 reporting period.
First published. 25 November 2021

Early years funding benchmarking tool
Information on indicators of local authority (LA) early education services, and ways to compare an individual LA to other LAs.
Change made:
Routine annual update to the ‘Early years funding benchmarking tool’, ‘Early years funding proforma’ and ‘Early years benchmarking: technical note and user guide’.
25 November 2021

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

Change made:
Added updated versions of ‘Local authority interactive tool’ and ‘Local authority interactive tool: version log’.

25 November 2021



Education and training statistics for the UK: 2021
Data on schools, attainment, qualifications gained, education expenditure, further education and higher education in the UK.
First published. 25 November 2021

Evaluation of the 2017 National Professional Qualifications
Evaluation assessing the effectiveness of the 2017 National Professional Qualifications (NPQs).
First published. 25 November 2021

Children and Families Minister speech at NCASC conference
Page summary:
Will Quince addresses the National Children and Adult Services (NCASC) conference
First published. 24 November 2021

Senior mental health lead training
Find out how to apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.

Change made:
Added information about how successful applicants need to provide evidence of booking DfE quality assured training to receive the grant funding.
23 November 2021



School staff instructor grant
How much grant funding a school with a Combined Cadet Force will receive for a school staff instructor and advice on how it should be spent.
Change made:12 November 2021

Alternative provision: year 11 transition funding
Sets out the financial support available to alternative provision (AP) schools and colleges to support current year 11 students into post-16 education.
Change made:
Updated to reflect that payments for Transition Fund claims will now be made via a digital form. 11 November 2021

Contingency arrangements: GCSE, AS, A level, Project and AEA
Consultation proposals for contingency arrangements for the award of GCSE, AS, A level, Project and AEA qualifications in 2022. Change made 11 November 2021

Contingency plans confirmed for GCSEs, AS and A levels
The government and Ofqual have confirmed contingency plans in the event that exams planned next summer are unable to take place. 11 November 2021

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:
Updated to provide details of the eligibility criteria to receive School Condition Allocations for the 2022 to 2023 financial year.
First published 10 November 2021



School-to-school support directory:
Find and contact a system leader in your area.
Change made:
Updated details and directory to account for end of the teaching school programme.
First Published 10 November 2021

Condition Improvement Fund:
Information for eligible academies, sixth-form colleges and voluntary aided (VA) schools about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).
Change made:
Amended the deadline for submitting applications from 16 December to 15 December 2021.
10 November 2021

New teaching facilities as more people enter post-16 education
£83 million investment to create extra space so schools and colleges can continue to offer places to all young people. First published., 9 November 2021

Teaching internship programme: summer 2022
How to apply for funding to provide teaching internships to potential teachers in mathematics, physics, and computing.
Change made:
Dates of the webinars updated.
Time updated:
10:45am, 8 November 2021

Pupils' progress in the 2020 to 2021 academic year
Research reports presenting findings from analysis into the progress pupils have made during the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
Change made:
Added 2 reports, ‘Understanding progress in the 2020 to 2021 academic year: complete findings from the spring term’ and ‘Understanding progress in the 2020 to 2021 academic year: findings from the summer term and summary of all previous findings’. 29 October 2021

School snapshot survey: COVID-19
A summary of responses to questions asked in the summer 2020 school snapshot survey. First published. 29 October 2021

School snapshot panel: COVID-19
A summary of responses to questions asked in the COVID-19 school snapshot survey. First published. 29 October 2021

Early education and development: Coronavirus (COVID-19) study
Page summary:
Research on the experiences of children and parents from the study of early education and development (SEED) longitudinal study during the COVID-19 pandemic.
First published., 29 October 2021

Early education use and child outcomes up to age 7
Page summary:
The impact of early education at ages 2 to 7 on child outcomes as part of the study of early education and development (SEED). First published.29 October 2021

Schools financial value standard (SFVS) and assurance statement
This guidance helps schools and local authorities meet basic standards for good financial health and resource management. Updated the template for recording related party transactions.
29 October 2021

Senior mental health lead training
Find out how to apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Updated the list of ‘DfE assured senior mental health lead training courses’ with courses SMHL072 to SMHL084. 29 October 2021



Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course directory
An overview and directory of subject knowledge enhancement courses for lead schools and initial teacher training (ITT) providers.
Change made:
Updated directory to include changes to the biology, chemistry, computing, English, languages, mathematics, physics, religious education and primary mathematics sections.
28 October 2021

Statistics: children in need and child protection
Statistics on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services.
Change made:
Added ‘Characteristics of children in need: 2020 to 2021’ under the heading ‘Characteristics of children in need’ 28 October 2021

PE and sport premium for primary schools
How much PE and sport premium funding schools receive and advice on how it should be spent.
Change made:
Updated the information about carried forward unspent PE and sport premium grant funding, added the payment dates for 2021 to 2022 and a link to the conditions of grant.
28 October 2021

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 ‘Pension grants for schools, local authorities and music education hubs’ to reflect allocations published in October 2021 for September 2021 to March 2022. 28 October 2021

Characteristics of children in need: 2020 to 2021
Statistics on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services for the year ending 31 March 2021.
First published.28 October 2021

Teachers' pay grant methodology
Guidance for schools and local authorities on the teachers’ pay grant.
Updated ‘Teachers’ pay grant methodology’ to reflect allocations published in October 2021 for September 2021 to March 2022.
28 October 2021

All schools and colleges to receive extra funding for catch up
Every pupil in every school to benefit from significant new investment in education to help young people catch up on lost learning
First published. 27 October 2021



Core maths qualifications: technical guidance
The purpose and characteristics of core maths qualifications for 16- to 19-year-olds who do not progress to AS/A level maths.
Change made:
Updated to remove City and Guilds Level 3 Certificates in Using and Applying Mathematics from the list of approved qualifications.
26 October 2021

School-to-school support directory
Find and contact a system leader in your area.
Change made:
Removed the national leaders of governance (NLGs) section from the directory. The directory will be updated to show the names of the new designated NLGs in November.
Time updated:
5:31pm, 26 October 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for education or work placements overseas
Find out what you’ll need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak when planning education and work placements abroad. First published. 26 October 2021

Recruit further education (FE) teachers from overseas
How FE providers can hire teachers who are not UK or Irish nationals.
First published. 25 October 2021

Risk protection arrangement (RPA) summary provisioning analysis
Summary risk provisioning analysis for the Department for Education.
Change made:
Added ‘Risk assessment arrangement provisioning summary 31 March 2021’.
25 October 2021

Apprenticeships and traineeships: October 2021
Page summary:
Monthly apprenticeship starts for the provisional 2020 to 2021 academic year and official statistics for the apprenticeship service and find an apprenticeship.
First published.
7 October 2021



Higher education restructuring regime guidance for applicants
Page summary:
Details of the restructuring regime for higher education providers in England facing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made:
Updated to give notice that the regime will close to new applications on 31 December 2021, with applications to be processed to a conclusion by the end of the financial year 2021 to 2022.
Time updated:
4:34pm, 6 October 2021

Recovery premium funding
Page summary:
Additional funding in the 2021 to 2022 academic year to support schools with education recovery following COVID-19.
Change made:
Added a link to the recovery premium allocations guidance. 6 October 2021

Implementing the early years foundation stage reforms
Page summary:
Videos for practitioners assessing children’s development at the end of the early years foundation stage (EYFS).
Change made:
First published.
Time updated:
11:04am, 6 October 2021

Children looked after return 2021 to 2022: technical specifications
Page summary:
Data submission specifications for the children looked after (CLA) return for 2021 to 2022.
Change made:
Updated ‘Children looked after data collection 2021 to 2022 validation checks’ with version 1.2. Changes are described in the document’s version history.
6 October 2021

Behaviour hubs
Page summary:
Find out how the behaviour hubs programme will enable schools with exemplary behaviour to work with other schools to improve their behaviour culture.
Change made:
Updated to extend the application date deadline to become a lead school or MAT to midnight on 31 October 2021.
Time updated:
3:09pm, 5 October 2021

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic: 23 March 2020 to 30 September 2021
Page summary:
A summary of attendance in education settings up to 30 September 2021.
First published.
5 October 2021



Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Page summary:
Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Change made:
Updated ‘Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ to provide information on the Household Support Fund. Time updated:
9:12am, 5 October 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services
Page summary:
Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.
Change made:
Updated ‘COVID-19: guidance for children’s social care services’ to reflect that from 1 October, the flexibilities in the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus)(Amendment) Regulations 2020 will no longer be available. Removed ‘Amendments from 31 March 2021 to existing regulations’.
4 October 2021

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Page summary:
What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Added ‘Awarding qualifications in summer 2022’.
4 October 2021