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Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for safe provision including team sport, contact combat sport and organised sport events
Information on how to safely provide grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID restrictions, including the team sport framework, contact combat sport framework, and advice on organised sport participation events 8 April 2021

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:
Removed ‘Data collections which will continue’, ‘Data services which will continue’ and ‘Data collections and services which were cancelled for the 2019 to 2020 academic or financial year’.8 April 2021

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 the spring term 2021. We have updated advice on the use of face coverings in education and updated information to reflect commencement of step 2 of the COVID-19 response – spring 2021. 7 April 2021


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Weekly national flu and COVID-19 surveillance reports published
National influenza and COVID-19 report, monitoring coronavirus (COVID-19) activity, seasonal flu and other seasonal respiratory illnesses.8 April 2021



COVID-19 mental health and wellbeing surveillance: Spotlights
Spotlight reports are part of the COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report. They describe variation among the population. Change made:
Added new Parents and carers spotlight. 8 April 2021

DfE and other Consultations



Evaluating the education inspection framework: for schools and further education and skills providers
Chris Jones discusses some of Ofsted’s findings from an evaluation of the impact of the education inspection framework (EIF).
21 May 2021

Funding boost for pupils leaving alternative provision
More than 11,000 vulnerable young people are to receive support to move into further education or employment.
21 May 2021

Evaluation of the alternative provision innovation fund
An independent evaluation of the alternative provision innovation fund launched in March 2018 to improve outcomes for children in alternative provision.
21 May 2021

Early-career payments for teachers
Mathematics, physics, chemistry and languages teachers can check whether they can apply for the early-career payments pilot. The amount teachers get depends on where they teach in England.
21 May 2021

Get school-to-school support from system leaders
Get help and support from system leaders to improve your school.
Added information about the recommendations of the advisory group for a reformed NLG programme to the ‘National leaders of governance’ section.
20 May 2021

Education Secretary addresses Centre for Social Justice
Gavin Williamson speaks about the importance of family in levelling up outcomes and opportunities for young people.
20 May 2021

Apprenticeships and traineeships: May 2021
Monthly apprenticeship starts to February 2021, and official statistics covering the apprenticeship service and find an apprenticeship.
20 May 2021

Children's Social Care Innovation Programme: insights and evaluation
Evaluation and summary reports for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme (CSCIP) grouped by theme. Added ‘Firstline project evaluation – round 2’ report.
20 May 2021

Recruit teachers from overseas
How schools can hire teachers who are not UK or Irish nationals.
Added information about the Acclimatisation pilot scheme.
19 May 2021

More support for local areas to drive up school standards
£10 million for intensive support in four areas of the country to increase proportion of pupils in Good or Outstanding schools
19 May 2021

Thousands more young people to benefit from Opportunity Areas
Fifth year of Opportunity Area announced, backed by £18 million to build back better for children and young people in disadvantaged regions
19 May 2021

Opportunity areas insight guides
Reports sharing the lived experience of those working hard to make a difference in opportunity areas.
19 May 2021

Agreement between an employer and the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA)
Employer agreement with the ESFA to pay training providers to carry out apprenticeship training.
19 May 2021

Trust Capacity Fund (TCaF)
Apply for TCaF 2021 to 2022, a £24 million fund to help trusts develop their capacity to grow and take on underperforming schools in higher need areas.
19 May 2021

Multi-academy trusts: establishing and developing your trust
How MATs can grow their trust, including using a trust partnership arrangement. Updated ‘building strong academy trusts: guidance for academy trusts and prospective converter’ and ‘Trust partnerships guidance’. Replaced the ‘Multi-academy trust (MAT): school improvement capacity framework’ with a ‘Multi-academy trust (MAT): assurance framework’ and guidance on how to use this framework.
19 May 2021

Post-16 Capacity Fund
How eligible providers of 16 to 19 education can apply for capital investment to accommodate upcoming demographic increases in 16 to 19-year-olds.
18 May 2021

New legislation to help transform opportunities for all
The Skills and post-16 Education Bill will support vital reforms to post-16 education so more people can gain the skills needed to secure great jobs.
18 May 2021

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March 2020 to 13 May 2021
Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March 2020 and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.
18 May 2021

Free schools: pre-opening guide
The processes proposer groups will need to follow and the resources they can use to open successfully.
Updated ‘Free school pre-opening guide’ and ‘Annexes A to F: checklists and briefs’.
18 May 2021

Free school staffing issues
Information on free school pensions issues.
Removed ‘Underwriting a principal designate’s salary: letter to free school trusts’ – this guidance has now been included in the Free school pre-opening guide.
18 May 2021

Measuring the net present value of further education in England 2018 to 2019
Estimates of the economic return from further education qualifications started in academic year 2018 to 2019.
17 May 2021

Step up to social work
Applications for the 2022 programme have now closed.
17 May 2021

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: annual report 2020
An independent annual report for serious child safeguarding incidents in 2020.
14 May 2021

Safeguarding system needs to tackle “stubborn challenges”
A new report calls for government departments and all those who work to safeguard children to have a shared focus on tackling the “stubborn challenges” in child protection.
14 May 2021

Arrangements for non-exam assessment for qualifications in 2022
Ofqual consultation on arrangements for non-exam assessment and fieldwork requirements for students entering GCSEs, AS and A level qualifications in 2022.
14 May 2021

Changes to the School Admissions Code
We’re seeking views on a revised version of the School Admissions Code to support vulnerable children.
13 May 2021

Every school with Reception class offered early language training
Every school in England with a Reception class to be offered expert training in early language and communication.
13 May 2021

Changes to the School Admissions Code
We’re seeking views on a revised version of the School Admissions Code to support vulnerable children.
13 May 2021

Consultation on arrangements for an autumn 2021 exam series
Proposals for an additional exam series in autumn 2021 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
13 May 2021



Education, health and care plans: England 2021
Data on the number of children and young people with a statement of special educational needs (SEN) or education, health and care (EHC) plan in England.
13 May 2021

Statistics: special educational needs (SEN)
Statistics on pupils with SEN, including information on educational attainment, destinations, absence, exclusions, and characteristics.
13 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) local restrictions in education and childcare settings
How settings can prepare for restrictions to help contain community transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).
13 May 2021



Universities to comply with free speech duties or face sanctions
Landmark Bill will require universities to promote freedom of speech on campus and legal duties will also be extended to students’ unions
12 May 2021

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.
12 May 2021

National professional qualifications (NPQs) reforms
The government’s plans to introduce new national professional qualifications (NPQs) and review existing NPQs.
11 May 2021

Early years ITT requirements and supporting advice
Advice for providers looking to offer early years initial teacher training (ITT).
11 May

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.
We have converted the guidance to HTML to make it easier to read. We have not changed any of the guidance from the update on 10 May.

Schools and colleges to benefit from boost in expert mental health support
17 million in mental health funding for schools and colleges to help them recover from the challenges of the pandemic.
10 May 2021

Institutes of technology wave 2 competition
An overview of the competition and how to apply.
10 May 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.
10 May 2021

Education staff wellbeing charter
An explanation of the education staff wellbeing charter and the benefits of using it.
10 May 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.
10 May 2021

Free courses for jobs
Details of the free courses and qualifications for adults (19+) available through the Lifetime Skills Guarantee including eligibility criteria and how to apply.
10 May 2021

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
We have updated our guidance in line with Step 3 of the roadmap, including information on face coverings, attendance, pupils travelling to the UK from abroad, educational visits, wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, music, dance and drama, pupil wellbeing and state-funded school inspection. We have also added further guidance on domestic residential educational visits and a section on transitional, taster and open days.
10 May 2021



Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse custodial institutions report: government response
Government response to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) custodial institutions report about placement in secure children’s homes.
7 May 2021

Placing children for ‘welfare’ and ‘justice’ reasons together in secure children’s homes
Research report considering whether the practice of placing children together in secure children’s homes for justice and welfare reasons increases the risk of child sexual abuse.
7 May 2021

Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19)
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Updated ‘Rapid asymptomatic testing in specialist settings’ to reflect the introduction of nasal swab only tests at asymptomatic testing sites
7 May 2021

DfE monthly workforce management information: 2020 to 2021
Staff numbers and costs for the Department for Education (DfE) group for the financial year 2020 to 2021.
7 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing in schools and colleges: grant funding
Conditions of grant funding for the national roll-out of rapid mass testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) in schools and colleges.
7 May 2021

Senior DfE staff travel, hospitality and meetings: 2020 to 2021
Data on travel, hospitality and meetings expenses for senior civil servants at the Department for Education (DfE) for the financial year 2020 to 2021.
7 May 2021

Headteacher board meetings schedule and preparation templates
Schedule of headteacher board meetings 2021 to 2022 and meeting preparation templates.
3:59pm, 7 May 2021



Alternative provision census 2022: technical specification
Business and technical specification for local authorities and software suppliers to prepare for the alternative provision census 2022.
, 7 May 2021

College collaboration fund (CCF) projects
A summary of the projects developed using CCF funding and resources developed by lead and partner colleges.
Change made:
Added ‘CCF – Northern School of Art’ to the remote education section of ‘Resources’.
6 May 2021

Reception baseline assessment: equality impact assessment
Equality impact assessment of the reception baseline assessment.
6 May 2021

School attendance: guidance for schools
Covers registers and attendance codes (including circumstances due to coronavirus (COVID-19)), school hours and term dates, and improving school attendance.
Change made:
‘Securing full attendance: support for schools and local authorities’ – updated advice for supporting attendance for children with a social worker and section on actions local authorities might want to take to support attendance.
5 May 2021

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
‘Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ guidance updated to include information on the claims window for additional costs.
5 May 2021

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March 2020 to 29 April 2021 Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March 2020 and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.
5 May 2021

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March 2020 and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.
Change made:
Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March 2020 to 29 April 2021’.
Time updated:
12:00pm, 5 May 2021

Procurement at DfE Bidding for Department for Education (DfE) contracts.
, 5 May 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): driver and rider trainer guidance
How driving instructors and motorcycle trainers should work safely during coronavirus (COVID-19), business support, and restrictions on driving lessons.
Updated to confirm the restart of driving lessons in England and Wales from 12 April 2021, and the restart of driving tests in England and Wales from 22 April 2021.

How HMRC works out trading profits and non-trading income for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Find out how your trading profits and non-trading income are used to work out your SEISS eligibility and grant amount. This guidance has been updated with information about the fourth SEISS grant. 9 April 2021

£18 million announced for cycle training for children and their families
As COVID-19 restrictions lift, Transport Secretary invests in the Bikeability cycling proficiency training scheme so that more people can feel confident cycling.
First published, 9 April 2021

New campaign urges public to get tested twice a week
From Friday 9 April, everyone in England will be eligible for free rapid COVID-19 tests, twice a week.
First published., 9 April 2021

Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme If you’re self-employed or a member of a partnership and have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) find out if you can use this scheme to claim a grant.
This guidance has been updated with information about the fourth SEISS grant.9 April 2021

How your trading conditions affect your eligibility for the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme Find out what we mean by reduced activity, capacity or demand or temporary closure and read examples of how this could affect your eligibility. 9 April 2021

High needs provision capital allocations
Local authority funding to support the provision of new places for children with special educational needs and disabilities or requiring alternative provision. First published. 9 April 2021

£280m capital funding boost for children and young people with SEND
Investment will provide more specialist places and improve provision for SEND pupils across country First published. 9 April 2021



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. Updated ‘Find a school business professional network’ – added ‘Leicester Secondary Education Improvement Partnership Business Managers’. updated:8 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Updated guidance on how to get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms.8 April 2021

Understanding lateral flow antigen testing for people without symptoms
An explanation of the technology behind asymptomatic testing and the role these tests play in the national COVID-19 testing programme.
Updated guidance on what to do following a positive rapid lateral flow test, including when to self-isolate. Updated guidance on how to get regular rapid tests if you do not have symptoms. 8 April 2021

Letter from the Health and Social Care Secretary on use of the Moderna vaccine
Matt Hancock wrote to the JCVI in response to their advice on use of Moderna in the COVID-19 vaccination programme and recommended dosing intervals. 8 April 2021

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure.:
The visitor economy – Updated on to reflect Step 2 of the roadmap.8 April 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers
This guidance sets out information for the public and sport providers on how to participate in grassroots sport and physical activity during COVID restrictions.
Updated to include information on step 2 of the roadmap. 8 April 2021

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report
This is a routinely updated report about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. Updated to include data up to week 7, 2021 (15 February) and new link added to ‘Spotlights: variation within the population’. 8 April 2021

National protocol for COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna
This protocol is for the administration of COVID-19 Vaccine Moderna to individuals in accordance with the national COVID-19 vaccination programme. 8 April 2021

COVID-19 vaccination programme
Documents relating to the new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme. 8 April 2021

Train to teach in England: non-UK applicants
Find out what you’ll need to train to teach in England, including information about qualifications, visas and immigration, and financial support First published.7 April 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. We have updated advice on the use of face coverings, Lateral Flow Device (LFD) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and self-isolation. We have removed information on who can attend out-of-school settings prior to 29 March and updated information to reflect the commencement of step 2 of the COVID-19 Response – spring 2021. 7 April 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:
We have updated advice on the use of face coverings in schools and out-of-school settings and added new guidance on test and trace support payments. We have also removed information on who can attend out-of-school settings prior to 29 March and updated information to reflect the commencement of step 2 of the COVID-19 response – spring 2021.7 April 2021

Behaviour experts to support schools with poor discipline
School leaders with outstanding records on behaviour selected to support other schools as part of £10 million Behaviour Hubs programme 7 April 2021



School-to-school support directory
Find and contact a system leader in your area.
updated School-to-school support directory. 7 April 2021

Apply for step up to social work
A link to a website which you can use to apply and get more information about the programme., 7 April 2021

EYFS staff:child ratios – DfE approved qualifications
Lists of qualifications that meet DfE’s criteria for counting in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework staff:child ratios. We have updated the ‘Early years qualifications: from 1 September 2014’ spreadsheets. 7 April 2021
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 the spring term 2021. 7 April 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.
We have updated advice on the use of face coverings in schools and out-of-school settings and added new guidance on test and trace support payments. We have also removed information on who can attend out-of-school settings prior to 29 March and updated information to reflect the commencement of step 2 of the COVID-19 response – spring 2021. 7 April 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. We have updated advice on the use of face coverings, Lateral Flow Device (LFD) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and self-isolation. We have removed information on who can attend out-of-school settings prior to 29 March and updated information to reflect the commencement of step 2 of the COVID-19 Response – spring 2021. 7 April 2021

Face coverings in education
Page summary:
Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years 7 and above in England. Update on the use of face coverings in education and the roadmap review process as part of step 3.
6 April 2021

Face coverings in schools and colleges to remain in place
Page summary:
Face coverings in schools and colleges are to remain in place at start of summer term, following an ongoing review of the evidence and data
First published.6 April 2021

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated ‘Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance’.6 April 2021

Imperial College London: Evaluating England’s Roadmap out of Lockdown, 30 March 2021
Paper prepared by Imperial College London on Step 2 of the roadmap.
First published.5 April 2021



UK charities join together to boost vaccine drive
Sixteen frontline charities have formed a new partnership to encourage those with long-term health conditions and their carers to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
First published. 27 February 2021

The R value and growth rate in the UK
The latest reproduction number (R) and growth rate of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the UK.
Change made:
The R range for the UK is 0.6 to 0.9 and the growth rate range is -6% to -2% per day as of 26 February 2021.
26 February 2021



Scientific evidence supporting the government response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
Evidence considered by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).
We have added 4 new papers under February 2021.
26 February 2021

COVID-19 and renting: guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities
Non-statutory guidance for landlords, tenants and local authorities in the private and social rented sectors in the context of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made:
Updated to include link to guidance on the changes to the national lockdown rules from 8 March.
26 February 2021

Slides to accompany coronavirus press conference: 26 February 2021
Slides and datasets on coronavirus presented by Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Jonathan Van-Tam, Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England.
26 February 2021

Slides, datasets and transcripts to accompany coronavirus press conferences
Slides, datasets and transcripts from press conferences at 10 Downing Street in response to coronavirus.
Change made:
Updated with slides to accompany coronavirus press conference: 26 February 2021

COVID-19: supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults
Guidance for care staff who are supporting adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated guidance under ‘Social distancing’ to include that the government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England, and that from 8 March some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing.
26 February 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): testing guidance for employers
Guidance for employers and third-party healthcare providers on the regulations and legal obligations of running testing programmes.
Change made:
Updated to reflect the ongoing evolution of private-sector testing. In particular, updated advice in relation to lateral flow device (LFD) testing, routes to access testing, and a more comprehensive supplementary annex for employers and third-party providers wishing to offer workplace testing for asymptomatic employees.
26 February 2021

COVID-19: providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults
Guidance for people who are providing unpaid care to adults with learning disabilities and autistic adults during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Updated guidance under ‘Social distancing’ to include that the government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England, and that from 8 March some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will be changing.
26 February 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested
Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test and how to get tested.
Change made:
Updated to reflect that the employer referral portal is now closed and employers should direct essential workers to the self-referral portal to get a prioritised test.
26 February 2021

Surge testing for new coronavirus (COVID-19) variants
How ‘surge testing’ and genomic sequencing is being used in locations in England where COVID-19 variants have been identified.
Change made:
Updated to reflect that Manchester City Council (areas in M14, M15 and M16), Middlesbrough Council (areas in TS7 and TS8) and Walsall Council (Pleck ward) have completed surge testing. 26 February 2021



Health and Social Care Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 26 February 2021
Speech by Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock at the Downing Street coronavirus briefing.
First published. 26 February 2021

NHS Test and Trace: how we test your samples
An overview of the largest diagnostic network in British history, including what happens after you submit your sample and how laboratories process your test.
Change made:
Update to testing information
26 February 2021

Private providers of coronavirus testing
Lists of and information about approved suppliers of private testing kits for coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made:
Location information added to the general testing providers list. Location not added to the test to release providers list.
26 February 2021

Awarding qualifications in summer 2021
What schools, colleges and students need to know about the arrangements for awarding GCSEs, AS and A levels, VTQs and other qualifications in summer 2021.
First published.
25 February 2021

Housing First Pilot: national evaluation reports
The National Evaluation of Housing First includes a process study, a quantitative assessment of client outcomes and cost benefit analysis and will generate a number of reports over its course.
Change made:
Added the Mobilising Housing First toolkit which provides information for those looking to implement Housing First at a regional or local level. It includes examples of good practice in the pilot areas to help other services design and deliver Housing First.
25 February 2021

Latest findings from antibody surveillance study published
Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI have today published their latest antibody surveillance report tracking COVID-19 infection across England.
25 February 2021

COVID-19: mental health and wellbeing surveillance report
This is a routinely updated report about population mental health and wellbeing in England during the COVID-19 pandemic. : Updated to include latest data. New Spotlight also added on employment and income.
25 February 2021

Consultation on how GCSE, AS and A level grades should be awarded in summer 2021
The approach to awarding GCSE, AS and A level grades in 2021 following the cancellation of exams.
Change made:
Added an accessible, HTML version of the decisions document.
25 February 2021

New campaign encourages the nation to keep going and stay at home
Everyone across the UK is being reminded of the importance of staying at home and the risks in relaxing their behaviour at this crucial point, in a new advertising campaign.
25 February 2021



Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing service for extra care and supported living settings
Guidance on regular retesting for extra care and supported living settings that meet the eligibility criteria.
Temporarily removed the HTML version of ‘Testing service for extra care and supported living settings’.
25 February 2021

Robert Jenrick's speech to the Centre for Social Justice
The Secretary of State’s speech to the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) at the launch of their ‘Close to Home’ report.
Change made:
First published.
25 February 2021

Catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out which schools are eligible, what the funding is for, when payments will be made and how funding can be used to help pupils catch up on missed education.
Change made:
Removed document for NELI (Nuffield early language intervention) programme – the recruitment phase for this programme has now ended.
24 February 2021

Business grants data published
Data published for grant schemes providing urgent support to business through national coronavirus restrictions.
24 February 2021

Pupils' progress in the 2020 to 2021 academic year: interim report
A research report presenting interim findings from analysis into the progress pupils have made during the 2020 to 2021 academic year.
24 February 2021

Fund extended to help level-up every corner of United Kingdom
A multibillion-pound fund to level-up opportunities is being extended so that people in every region and nation of the UK can benefit, it was announced today, 24 February.
24 February 2021

Community testing for people without symptoms of coronavirus
Community asymptomatic testing helps identify and isolate individuals who have coronavirus (COVID-19) but do not have symptoms.
Change made:
Added to the list of community testing programme areas in the East Midlands, East of England, North West, South East and South West.
24 February 2021

Reopening businesses and venues in England
This guidance details the steps to reopen certain businesses and venues in England.
First published.
24 February 2021



Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Find out how to pay VAT payments deferred between 20 March and 30 June 2020. You can pay now or join the VAT deferral new payment scheme.
Change made:
The VAT deferral new payment scheme is now open. A link has been added to join the scheme.
23 February 2021

COVID-19: migrant health guide
Advice and guidance for healthcare practitioners on the health needs of migrant patients.
Change made:
Updated translations from the Department of Health and Social Care about charging exemptions for COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccination. Additional information added about vitamin D
23 February 2021

PPE deliveries (England): 15 February to 21 February 2021
Experimental statistics showing the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items distributed for use by health and social care services in England.
23 February 2021

COVID-19 vaccination: care home and healthcare settings posters
Information and promotional resources to support the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination programme.
Change made:
COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups updated to clarify adult carers included in group 6.
23 February 2021

Fewer than 1 in 5 university students had COVID-19 by end of autumn term
A study conducted by Public Health England (PHE) estimates that 17.8% of university students in England had COVID-19 antibodies. 23 February 2021

Coronavirus England briefing, 23 February 2021
Epidemiological data and hospitalisation metrics used by the government to brief MPs on local restriction tiers. 23 February 2021 PM statement at coronavirus press conference: 22 February 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement at the coronavirus press conference. :
First published.
23 February 2021

Coronavirus (COVID-19): keeping children safe online
Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Links to extra resources added to help keep children safe from online harm.
22 February 2021

National lockdown: Stay at Home
Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly across the country. Find out what you can and cannot do.
Change made:
Updated to include a summary of changes to the rules from 8 March.
22 February 2021

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:
We have withdrawn the ‘Education and childcare settings: national lockdown from 5 January 2021’ guidance and transferred relevant sections into the updated ‘Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak’ guidance.
22 February 2021

PM statement to the House of Commons on roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England: 22 February 2021
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement to the House of Commons on the roadmap for easing lockdown restrictions in England. 22 February 2021
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Added ‘Additional operational guidance for special schools, special post-16 institutions and alternative provision’. Removed ‘Guidance for special schools, specialist post-16 providers and alternative provision during the national lockdown’ and ‘Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings’.
22 February 2021



Prime Minister sets out roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions
PM Boris Johnson has announced the government’s roadmap to cautiously ease lockdown restrictions in England
22 February 2021

Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19)
What local authority children’s services need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Added ‘Evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young people and education settings’ to the collection.
22 February 2021

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19)
What colleges and universities and other providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Added ‘Evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young people and education settings’ to the collection.
22 February 2021

Talented leaders programme evaluation
Evaluation assessing the effectiveness of the talented leaders programme.
Report amended on page 6 to reflect the organisational changes that took place between the beginning and end of the programme.
22 January 2021

Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2020 to 2021
Teachers’ pension scheme payments made on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) in the 2020 to 2021 financial year.
Change made:
Added ‘Teachers’ pension scheme payments: November 2020’
22 January 2021

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice
Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT).
Change made:
Update to C1.3 Other background checks section. Added links to Changes to checks for EU sanctions on EEA teachers and Recruit teachers from overseas.
22 January 2021

LA and school expenditure: 2019 to 2020 financial year
How schools and local authorities spent their funding on education, children’s services and social care in the financial year 2019 to 2020.
21 January 2021