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


This page contains useful information for Surrey School Governors, Trustees and others. The information is from the DfE while some of the material is on our site much more is by link direct to the DfE's own website, this may open in a separate browser when using you will be subject to their Terms and Conditions of use.

After use you may be able to use the return or you may need to reopen your link to this SGA website.

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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.

DfE and other Consultations

Current government lockdown Guidance and regulations
5th Jan 2021

The following links are advice on the current lockdown for all.

National lockdown: Stay at Home - GOV.UK
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home?utm_source=66664b8c-6ee0-4c42-ae67-5f2e5d703736&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Publication of Remote Education information
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/providing-remote-education-information-to-parents-template

Critical Workers and Vulnerable Children
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-educational-provision/guidance-for-schools-colleges-and-local-authorities-on-maintaining-educational-provision

Statement from Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, about new strain of COVID-19 New strain of COVID-19 reported to World Health Organization.

Published 19 December 2020
From:
Department of Health and Social Care

Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Chris Whitty, said:

As announced on Monday, the UK has identified a new variant of COVID-19 through Public Health England’s genomic surveillance.

As a result of the rapid spread of the new variant, preliminary modelling data and rapidly rising incidence rates in the South East, the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG) now consider that the new strain can spread more quickly.

We have alerted the World Health Organization and are continuing to analyse the available data to improve our understanding.

There is no current evidence to suggest the new strain causes a higher mortality rate or that it affects vaccines and treatments although urgent work is underway to confirm this.

Given this latest development it is now more vital than ever that the public continue to take action in their area to reduce transmission.

Slides to accompany coronavirus press conference: 19 December 2020


Further Education Commissioner intervention reports
Summaries of the FE Commissioner’s intervention reports and responses from the Minister for Apprenticeships and Skills. Added ‘FE Commissioner intervention: Greater Brighton Metropolitan College’.
6 November 2020

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 link to the new national restrictions which came into force on Thursday 5 November 2020.
6 November 2020

Education Sector Advisory Group minutes
Minutes from cross governmental group working to increase international opportunities for UK organisations in the education sector.
Addition of minutes for 1 September 2020.
6 November 2020



Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for boarding schools with international students
Guidance for residential educational settings with international students under the age of 18 entering and travelling to the UK. Added links to the ‘Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 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 going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.
Added a link to the new national restrictions from 5 November guidance.
6 November 2020

Children in need census 2021 to 2022: specification
Specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the 2021 to 2022 children in need census.
6 November 2020

Children in need census: guide to submitting data
How local authorities should collect data from social care services to complete the annual children in need census. Added a link to the 2021 to 2022 census guides, technical specification and validation rules.
6 November 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).
Added a link to the new national restrictions from 5 November guidance.
4:44pm, 6 November 2020

Use of the NHS COVID-19 app in education and childcare settings
Actions for leaders and staff when using the NHS COVID-19 app in education and childcare settings.
The requirements on displaying QR codes have been updated alongside the information classified as necessary or required. Links to wraparound care and early years providers guidance have also been added.
6 November 2020

Statistics at DfE
The Department for Education publishes official statistics on education and children. Added ad hoc announcements for November 2020 and an announcement about publications for key stage 4 performance and A level and other 16 to 18 results.
6 November 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.
5 November 2020

Face coverings in education
Guidance on the use of face coverings for schools and other education institutions that teach people in years 7 and above in England.
Added a link to the new national restrictions from 5 November guidance.
5 November 2020

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings
What all special schools and other specialist settings will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term to support the return of children and young people with special education needs and disability (SEND).
Added links to the ‘Education and childcare settings: New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020’.
5 November 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. Added a link to the new national restrictions from 5 November guidance.
5 November 2020

SEND Futures value for money feasibility study
A study assessing the feasibility of undertaking a future value for money study of SEND provision in England.
5 November 2020

DfE: annual reports
Annual reports produced by the Department for Education.
Change made
5th November 2020



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. Added a link to the guidance on national restrictions from 5 November.
5 November 2020

New school proposals
Lists of local authorities seeking academy and free school proposers, and of all academies and free schools already set up. Updated ‘Local authorities seeking proposers’ documents to reflect a new presumption competition in Devon.
5 November 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.
5 November 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.
5 November 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.
5 November 2020

School exclusion reviews data collection: how to submit data
How local authorities should submit information about reviews of cases where schools have suspended or expelled pupils.
Updated with the dates for the 2021 data collection.
4 November 2020

Early career framework reforms: overview
Details on the offer available to early career teachers and how this will be developed for national roll-out.
4 November 2020

Early career framework reforms
The professional development available to early career teachers at the start of their careers, underpinned by the early career framework.
4 November 2020

Changes to statutory induction during national roll-out
Detail of the intended changes to statutory induction to take place from September 2021.
4 November 2020

Children looked after return: guide to submitting data
How local authorities should collect and submit data for the annual children looked after return (also known as SSDA903). Updated how to submit data for 2020 to 2021.
4 November 2020

Small-scale research projects: summaries
Brief outlines of projects commissioned through the DfE analytical associate pool.
4 November 2020

New guidance for schools, colleges and early years
Guidance for education settings published ahead of national restrictions coming into force
4 November 2020

FE Commissioner intervention: Greater Brighton Metropolitan College
FE Commissioner’s intervention report summary on Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills’ letter to the chair.
4 November 2020



Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – 23 March to 29 October 2020 (early years data only)
A summary of attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.
3 November 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.
Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak – 23 March to 29 October 2020 (early years data only)’.
3 November 2020

Children in need census 2020 to 2021: specification
Specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the 2020 to 2021 children in need census.
Change made
Updated the business and technical specification and the validation rules. Changes are described in the document’s version history.
3 November 2020



Initial teacher training (ITT) bursary: funding manual
A training bursary guide for schools and ITT providers. Added an updated link to the funding guidance and added ‘Initial teacher training bursaries funding manual: 2021 to 2022 academic year’.
3 November 2020

School Direct (salaried funding manual)
The funding manual for initial teacher training (ITT) places for schools and ITT providers.
Added updated link to funding guidance, and added ‘School Direct (salaried) funding manual: 2021 to 2022 academic year’.
3 November 2020

Postgraduate teaching apprenticeships: funding manual
Postgraduate teaching apprenticeship funding manual for initial teacher training (ITT) places for schools and ITT providers. C ‘Postgraduate teaching apprenticeship funding manual: 2021 to 2022 academic year’.
3 November 2020



Early years initial teacher training: 2021 to 2022 funding guidance
Funding guidance for early years initial teacher training (EYITT) providers for 2021 to 2022.
3 November 2020

Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses
How higher education (HE) providers can minimise risk, and information about NHS test and trace channels.
Added ‘Higher education: new national restrictions guidance’.
3 November 2020

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.
Added ‘DfE monthly workforce management information: September 2020’.
,3 November 2020



Flexible working ambassador schools
Find out how to become a flexible working ambassador school, how to apply for funding and the overall aims of the programme. Added information about the grant amount and the number of schools expected to receive a grant.
2 November 2020

Strengthening families protecting children programme
Local authorities funding for the children’s social care strengthening families protecting children (SFPC) programme.
2 November 2020

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.
2 November 2020



Children's Social Care Innovation Programme: round 2 evaluation
This report provides an overview of the evaluation of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme in England 2016 to 2020.
2 November 2020

Package of support for students who have to defer their studies
Details on a range of opportunities to gain new skills, undertake work placements, additional learning and career development support.
‘Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)’ section of document updated.
2 November 2020

Improvement notices and directions
Improvement notices and directions about children’s services issued to councils by the Department for Education
1 November 2020

Minded to terminate letter to Saint Augustine Webster Catholic Voluntary Academy
Minded to terminate letter issued to St Therese of Lisieux Catholic MAT in relation to Saint Augustine Webster Catholic Voluntary Academy by the Department for Education.
29 October 2020

Academy sponsor list
Details of approved academy sponsors.
Updated ‘Approved sponsor list’ with October 2020 information.
23 October 2020

Laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers progress data
Information about how many laptops, tablets and 4G wireless routers we have delivered or dispatched to local authorities and academy trusts.
Added ‘Devices and 4G wireless routers progress data as of 23 October 2020’.
23 October 2020



Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings
Information for providers, parents and carers on keeping children safe in community activities, after-school clubs, tuition, sports training and other out-of-school settings.
21 October 2020

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings: code of practice
Safeguarding guidance for providers of activities, after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings.
21 October 2020

Guidance for parents and carers on safeguarding children in out-of-school settings
Questions for parents and carers to ask to help them choose out-of-school settings for their children.
21 October 2020

Out-of-school settings: voluntary safeguarding code of practice
We’re seeking views on a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school settings providers, and associated parental guidance.
Added ‘Out-of-school settings voluntary safeguarding code of practice: Government consultation response’.
21 October 2020

Seven steps checklist towards running a safe club, activity or tuition class for children
Safeguarding information for providers on keeping children safe in out-of-school settings.
21 October 2020



Safeguarding for providers of extra-curricular clubs, youth organisations and study groups
Poster for providers of extra-curricular clubs, youth organisations and study groups for children.
21 October 2020

Information for parents choosing an after school club, community activity or tuition
Guidance for parents and carers choosing safe out-of-school settings for their children.
21 October 2020

Information for self-employed providers or volunteers running out-of-school settings
Safeguarding guidance for providers or volunteers organising community activities, after-school clubs and tuition.
21 October 2020

Information for providers on keeping children safe in sports clubs and other extra-curricular activities
All staff and volunteers working with children should be aware of the different risks and safeguarding issues that can exist within out-of-school-settings.
21 October 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.
Updated information on Prevention, Other considerations (system of controls), Response to any infection, Pupils travelling from abroad, Attendance, Workforce, Safeguarding, School uniform, Wraparound provision and extra-curricular activity, Behaviour expectations, Hospital schools and Contingency planning for outbreaks.
21 October 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.
On 16 October 2020 – amended information on local COVID alert levels and tiers of restriction (section 3), staff who are clinically extremely vulnerable (section 3), children who are shielding (section 4) and informal childcare (section 5).
21 October 2020



Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 15 October 2020
A summary of attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April 2020.
20 October 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.
Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 15 October 2020’.
20 October 2020

How to complete the educational setting status form
This data will help the government monitor the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on settings, focus support more effectively and keep children safe.
Updated section on who needs to complete the form, to include special post-16 institutions. Also updated list of questions on the form for further education settings.
20 October 2020

Evaluation of regional adoption agencies
Research from the 3-year evaluation of regional adoption agencies.
Updated ‘Evaluation of regional adoption agencies: second report (2019 to 2020)’ to correct an error relating to an upturn in placements orders since 2019.
19 October 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.
Amended ‘Additional school and college transport capacity funding allocations for the autumn term’ to change the name ‘Worcester City Council’ to ‘Worcestershire County Council’.
19 October 2020