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.

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


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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

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’.

DfE and other Consultations

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

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

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

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.

Statistics: school capacity
Statistics on the numbers of filled and unfilled primary and secondary school places in England, including forecasts of pupil numbers.

School capacity: academic year 2018 to 2019
Statistics on school places, unfilled school places, pupils over capacity, pupil number forecasts and place planning in England.

FE data library: help for finding data
A navigation tool to help find tables in the further education data library.

National achievement rates tables 2018 to 2019
Apprenticeship, education and training annual national achievement rate tables (NARTs), including open data CSVs.

Apprenticeships and traineeships: March 2020
Statistics covering apprenticeships, including the apprenticeship service, and traineeships from August 2019 to January 2020, reported to date.

Pupil absence in schools in England: 2018 to 2019
This release reports on pupil absence in primary and secondary schools in the 2018 to 2019 academic year.

Further education and skills: March 2020
Further education and skills data for the first 2 quarters of the 2019 to 2020 academic year in England (August 2019 to January 2020, reported to date).

Further education and skills data
Information on learners, learning programmes and learner achievement.

Statistics: national achievement rates tables
National achievement rates tables (formerly success rates) for apprenticeships and education and training.

Education and training
Information on education and training by participation and achievements, including offender learning.

National achievement rates tables: transparency data
This collection is made available to support users to interpret the data made available through National Achievement Rate Tables (NARTs). The data are made available not as a formal part of NARTs but to give transparency to the system.

Characteristics of children in need: 2018 to 2019
Statistics on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services for the year ending 31 March 2019.

Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities: 31 March 2019
A range of outcome measures at national and local authority level for children looked after continuously for at least 12 months.

Statistics: looked-after children
Statistics on children under local authority care at national and local authority level.

Parental responsibility measures
Local authority data on penalty notices, parenting orders and parenting contracts (for unauthorised absence).

Statistics: further education and skills
Statistics on participation and learner outcomes in the further education and skills sector, including apprenticeships, reported for January 2014 to present.

Apprenticeships and traineeships data
Information on the number of apprenticeship starts, achievements, and participation, and additional traineeship measures.

Statistics at DfE
The Department for Education publishes official statistics on education and children.

Statistics: pupil absence
Statistics on overall authorised and unauthorised pupil absences by school type, including persistent absentees and pupil characteristics.

Apprenticeship evaluation 2018 to 2019: learner and employer surveys
Results from the 2018 to 2019 survey into the views and experiences of employers and learners involved in apprenticeships.

Teaching schools and system leadership: reports
The number of system leaders working in and across schools in the United Kingdom.

Senior DfE officials' travel and hospitality: 2019 to 2020
Travel and hospitality data for senior civil servants at the Department for Education (DfE) for the financial year 2019 to 2020.

Explore education statistics
Find, download and explore official Department for Education (DfE) statistics and data in England.

DfE: ministerial gifts, hospitality, travel and meetings, 2019
Data on gifts that Department for Education ministers gave and received, their external meetings and any overseas travel.

DfE: special advisers' gifts, hospitality and meetings, 2019
Data on gifts and hospitality received by Department for Education special advisers, and meetings they attended with senior media figures.

Initial teacher training (ITT): criteria and supporting advice
Mandatory guidance on the criteria that organisations must meet to provide initial teacher training (ITT).

COVID-19: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers
Guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Widening participation in higher education: 2019
Page summary
Annual statistics on young peoples’ participation in higher education, including their background characteristics.

Condition Improvement Fund
Page summary
Information for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan Voluntary Aided (VA) schools about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

Multi-academy trust performance measures at key stage 2: 2018 to 2019
Page summary
Statistics on the performance at key stage 2 of state-funded mainstream schools in multi-academy trusts in England.

Childcare and early years survey of parents: 2019
Page summary
Findings from the January 2019 to August 2019 survey of parents on childcare and early years.

Statistics: childcare and early years
Page summary
Childcare arrangements for all ages and early years provision for children who are 5 years of age or younger.

Implementing mandatory minimum per pupil funding levels
Page summary
We’re seeking views on how to implement the minimum per pupil funding levels on a mandatory basis in local 5 to 16 school funding formulae.

Rural primary schools designation

Page summary
List of designated rural primary schools in England.

School and college funding: response to the select committee report

Page summary
The government’s response to the Education Select Committee’s 10th report of session 2017 to 2019 on school and college funding.

Local areas get breakdown in first stage of £14bn funding boost

Page summary
Government delivers on its promise to level up school funding across the country

Ready reckoners and transition matrices for key stage 2

Page summary
Ready reckoners to calculate progress scores for pupils and schools, and key stage 2 transition matrices by key stage 1 prior attainment.

Statistics: early years foundation stage profile

Copyright licences for state schools in England

Page summary
Guidance on copyright licences and how copyright affects schools.

Data protection: how we share pupil and workforce data
Page summary
How and when we share the pupil, child and workforce data we collect.

Experimental apprenticeships data visualisations
Page summary
Data visualisation applications based on published apprenticeships data including apprenticeship starts parliamentary constituency dashboard May 2010 to July 2019.

Teaching schools and system leadership: reports
Page summary
The number of system leaders working in and across schools in the United Kingdom.

School census autumn 2019 to summer 2020: school summary report
Page summary
Specifications for software suppliers developing school summary reports for the school censuses in autumn 2019, spring 2020 and summer 2020.

Letters to academy trusts about poor performance
Page summary
DfE letters to academy trusts about poor or inadequate performance or weaknesses in safeguarding, governance or financial management.

Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2019 to 2020
Page summary
Teachers’ pension scheme payments made on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) in the 2019 to 2020 financial year.

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

Pupil premium: effective use and accountability
Page summary
How school leaders can manage their pupil premium funding, including reporting procedures and online statements.

Phonics screening check and key stage 1 assessments: England 2019
Page summary
Provisional information on the 2019 phonics screening check and national curriculum assessments at key stage 1.

Additional payments for teaching: eligibility and payment details
Page summary
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 eligibility and payment details for claim a payment for teaching maths or physics.
Time updated
12:04pm, 29 November 2019

Statistics: initial teacher training
Page summary
Statistics on initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment, allocations and performance data.

Change made
Added ‘Initial teacher training: trainee number census – 2019 to 2020’.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

Apprenticeships and traineeships data
Page summary
Information on the number of apprenticeship starts, achievements, and participation, and additional traineeship measures.

Change made
Added supplementary tables containing finalised apprenticeship data covering the full 2018 to 2019 academic year (August 2018 to July 2019).
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

Further education and skills data
Page summary
Information on learners, learning programmes and learner achievement.

Change made
Uploaded further education and skills data covering the final 2018 to 2019 academic year.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

Community learning
Page summary
Information on community learning through skills for life qualifications by participation and achievements.

Change made
Added “Community learning by type, region and equality and diversity: participation 2005/06 to 2018/19” to the collection.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

Initial teacher training: trainee number census – 2019 to 2020
Page summary
Provisional recruitment to initial teacher training (ITT) programmes in England in the academic year 2019 to 2020.

Change made
First published.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

Early years foundation stage profile results: 2018 to 2019
Page summary
Early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) results for the 2018 to 2019 academic year, at national and local authority level.

Change made
Added additional documents to provide information on early years foundation stage profile attainment by pupil characteristics.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

FE data library: help for finding data
Page summary
A navigation tool to help find tables in the further education data library.

Change made
Added tables released alongside the Further education and skills: November 2019’ statistics publication.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

English and maths
Page summary
Information on English and maths qualifications (formerly skills for life) by participation and achievements.

Change made
Added “English and maths data tool for participation and achievements 2018/19” to the collection.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

Education and training
Page summary
Information on education and training by participation and achievements, including offender learning.

Change made
Added “Education and training participation (aims) by sector subject area, local authority district, provider and learning aim: 2014/15 to 2018/19” and “Education and training achievements (aims) by sector subject area, local authority district, provider and learning aim: 2014/15 to 2018/19” to the collection.
Time updated
9:30am, 28 November 2019

School census 2019 to 2020: technical information
Page summary
Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2019 to 2020 school census data.

Change made
Updated the ‘School census 2019 to 2020: business and technical information’ and ‘School census 2019 to 2020: validation rules’. Changes are listed in the version histories.
Time updated
10:51am, 27 November 2019

Statistics: education and training
Page summary
Statistics on education and training in the UK, including schools, post compulsory education, qualifications and education expenditure.

Change made
Added ‘Education and training statistics for the UK: 2019’.
Time updated
9:30am, 21 November 2019

Education and training statistics for the UK: 2018
Page summary
Data on schools, further education and higher education, attainment, education expenditure and qualifications gained for the UK.

Change made
Updated ‘Main tables: education and training statistics for the UK: 2018’.
Time updated
9:30am, 21 November 2019

Education and training statistics for the UK: 2019
Page summary
Statistics on schools, post compulsory education, training, qualifications and spending.

Change made
First published.
Time updated
9:30am, 21 November 2019

School exclusion reviews data collection 2020: guide for LAs

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

Change made
Updated tool with corrected 2019 data for percentage of child protection re-referrals within 12 months.
Time updated
2:06pm, 20 November 2019

EdTech Demonstrator schools and colleges programme
Page summary
How to apply to be a Demonstrator school or college and receive grant funding.

Change made
Added Skype session questions and answers.
Time updated
2:03pm, 13 November 2019

Character education framework
This guidance is for school leaders and teachers considering the rationale for character education and personal development, and the practicalities of provision and delivery.

The guidance will support schools as they consider:
• the 2019 Ofsted inspection framework
• the social, moral, cultural and spiritual development of pupils
• preparations for the introduction of ‘Relationships education’ and ‘Health education’ in primary schools, and ‘Relationships, sex and health education’ in secondary schools
The guidance provides schools with 6 benchmarking questions to support reflection and the self-evaluation of current provision.
Time updated
5:03pm, 11 November 2019

Statistics at DfE
Page summary
The Department for Education publishes official statistics on education and children.

Change made
Changed publication date of ad hoc statistics ‘National pupil database third party requests’ and ‘DfE external data shares’ from 12 December to 13 December due to general election.
Time updated
4:48pm, 8 November 2019

Statistics: childcare and early years
Page summary
Childcare arrangements for all ages and early years provision for children who are 5 years of age or younger.

Change made
Added ‘Childcare and early years providers survey: 2019’.
Time updated
9:30am, 7 November 2019

Relationships, sex and health education: guides for parents
Page summary
Guides for parents of primary and secondary age pupils that schools can use to communicate with them about teaching relationships and health education.

Change made
Added the Arabic, Somali and Urdu translations for the promotional material.
Time updated
4:49pm, 5 November 2019

Pension grant 2019 to 2020: allocations and supplementary fund
Page summary
Information on the teachers’ pension employer contribution grant and supplementary fund for September 2019 to March 2020.

Change made
Added information for teachers employed directly by music education hubs.
Time updated
4:35pm, 5 November 2019

Schools financial value standard (SFVS)
Page summary
The standard for 2019 to 2020 helps schools and local authorities meet basic standards for good financial health and resource management.

Change made
Added a link to free training on ICFP for school leaders.
Time updated
3:55pm, 5 November 2019

School resource management: training and support
Page summary
Sources of training and support for school business professionals in schools, trusts and other organisations.

Change made
Added a link to free training on ICFP for school leaders.
Time updated
3:55pm, 5 November 2019

School and college security
Page summary
Guidance to help schools and colleges manage their security effectively so they can meet their obligations.

Change made
First published.
Time updated
2:40pm, 5 November 2019

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

Change made
Updated the LAIT tool and version log.
Time updated
1:53pm, 5 November 2019

Additional payments for teaching: eligibility and payment details
Page summary
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
First published.
Time updated
12:57pm, 5 November 2019

Children looked after return 2019 to 2020: technical specifications
Page summary
Data submission specifications for the children looked after (CLA) return for 2019 to 2020.

Change made
Added ‘Children looked after data collection 2019 to 2020: XML schema’.
Time updated
9:40am, 5 November 2019

Academies: making significant changes or closure by agreement
Page summary
Guidance for academy trusts planning to make organisational changes or close an academy by mutual agreement with the Secretary of State.

Comparing international GCSEs and GCSEs in England, 2018
Page summary
A comparison of attainment outcomes, including progression to key stage 5, in international GCSEs and GCSEs, for independent school pupils in England.

Change made
First published.
Time updated
9:30am, 5 November 2019

Early years apps pilot: home learning environment
Page summary
An accreditation process to identify high quality language, literacy and communication apps, for children in the early years (0 to 5 years).

Change made
Added legal disclaimer and parent guidance.
Time updated
4:35pm, 4 November 2019

Condition Improvement Fund
Page summary
Information for academies, sixth-form colleges and non-diocesan Voluntary Aided (VA) schools about the Condition Improvement Fund (CIF).

Extended powers SEND tribunal: national trial
A 2-year national trial begins on 3 April 2018 to extend the power of the special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal. As part of a special educational appeal, the SEND tribunal will be able to make non-binding recommendations on the health and social care aspects of Education, Health and Care (EHC) plans.
This guidance sets out the extended powers and duties in the Special Educational Needs and Disability (First-tier Tribunal Recommendations Power) Regulations 2017. It explains how the appeal process will work, what happens if recommendations are not followed and the support available for commissioners and families.
Further guidance and support for the trial can be found in the SEND national trial toolkit.

SEND tribunal trial: letter to children's services directors
Page summary
Michelle Donelan writes to children’s services directors about extending the current special educational needs and disability (SEND) tribunal trial.

Change made
First published.
Time updated
1:47pm, 4 November 2019

£18m extension to Opportunity Area programme
Page summary
£18 million announced to extend the Opportunity Area programme to support social mobility in some of the most disadvantaged areas.

Change made
First published.
Time updated
12:15am, 4 November 2019

PE and sport premium for primary schools
Page summary
How much PE and sport premium funding schools receive and advice on how it should be spent.

Change made
Updated for the 2019 to 2020 academic year.
Time updated
12:00pm, 31 October 2019

Religious education in local-authority-maintained schools
Page summary
Guidance to support the provision of high-quality religious education (RE) in local-authority-maintained schools.

Change made
Updated title and added link to ‘RE and collective worship in academies and free schools’.
Time updated
12:11pm, 28 October 2019

Statistics: further education and skills
Page summary
Statistics on participation and learner outcomes in the further education and skills sector, including apprenticeships, reported for January 2014 to present.

Change made
Updated the page to indicate forthcoming changes to our statistics publication.
Time updated
10:42am, 28 October 2019

Multi-million investment in school and college buildings
Page summary
Applications open for academies and sixth form colleges to access more than £400 million for school improvements

Change made
First published.
Time updated
9:21am, 28 October 2019

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

Page summary
An interactive spreadsheet for comparing data about children and young people across all local authorities in England.

Change made
Updated the LAIT tool and version log.

Child death review: statutory and operational guidance (England)

Page summary
Statutory and operational guidance for clinical commissioning groups and local authorities as child death review partners.

Change made
Corrections to information in paragraph 2.4.4 about coroner forms 100A and 100B.
Time updated
3:36pm, 20 September 2019

School census 2019 to 2020: technical information

Page summary Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2019 to 2020 school census data. Change made Updated ‘School census 2019 to 2020: validation rules’, changes are listed in the version history.

Apply to join DfE's longitudinal education outcomes (LEO) pilot

Page summary How to check your eligibility to join DfE’s LEO secondee pilot and gain access to LEO data for research. Change made First published.

School teachers' pay and conditions

Page summary Statutory guidance on pay and conditions for teachers in England and Wales. Change made Added ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document 2019 and guidance on school teachers’ pay and conditions (valid from 1 September 2019)’.

Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme grant

Page summary How much funding local authorities are getting for the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme. Change made Added Section 31 grant determination letter for children’s social care Partners in Practice programme (September 2019).

DfE monthly workforce management information: 2019 to 2020

Page summary Staff numbers and costs for the Department for Education (DfE) group for the financial year 2019 to 2020. Change made Added ‘DfE monthly workforce management information: August 2019’.

Initial teacher training performance profiles: 2017 to 2018

Page summary
Statistics about trainees in their final year of initial teacher training (ITT) in England.

Change made
Updated with delayed employment rates information.

DfE surpasses apprenticeship target two years in a row

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Public relations, accountancy and cyber security are just some of the apprenticeship opportunities on offer.

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Governance professional development and recruitment services

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Where to find out more about funded professional development in governance leadership and clerking, and support for recruiting governors and trustees.

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School governance update

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

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School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) reports

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Documents relating to the School Teachers’ Review Body’s reports.

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Added School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) remit letter for 2020.

Department for Education (DfE) apprenticeship data

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FOI response providing data on the number of apprenticeship starts and spend against the apprenticeship levy.

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Schools causing concern

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Statutory guidance on local authorities’ and regional schools commissioners’ responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern.

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Updated guidance to reflect current policy, including: removal of references to coasting and floor standards; how our school support offer will work in 2019 to 2020; how LAs have a legal obligation to inform the department when they use their intervention powers; a new section on academies causing concern; information on financial intervention in academies; and Pupil Referral Unit intervention guidance. No new policy has been introduced that has not already been publicly announced.

School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) remit letter for 2020

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The Secretary of State’s letter to the STRB asking for recommendations on teachers’ pay and conditions for 2020.

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Apply to the MAT Development and Improvement Fund

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The Multi-academy trust (MAT) Development and Improvement Fund (MDIF) aims to provide additional funding to trusts in order to improve schools and increase social mobility.

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Updated to show the grant funding period for the MAT development and improvement fund is now over, and added a link to the current Trust Capacity Fund.

Apprenticeships and traineeships data

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Information on the number of apprenticeship starts, achievements, and participation, and additional traineeship measures.

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Added ‘Apprenticeship participation by sector subject area, provider, framework/standard, local authority district: 2014/15 to 2017/18’ and ‘Apprenticeship achievements by sector subject area, provider, framework/standard, local authority district: 2014/15 to 2017/18’ to the collection.

DfE and executive agency ePCS spend over £500: 2019 to 2020

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Spending by electronic purchasing card solution (ePCS) over £500 in the 2019 to 2020 financial year.

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Added ‘Department for Education and executive agency spend over £500 by ePCS: July 2019’.
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12:21pm, 18 September 2019

DfE and executive agency spend over £25,000: 2019 to 2020

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Spending over £25,000 by the Department for Education (DfE) and its executive agencies during the financial year 2019 to 2020.

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Added ‘Department for Education and executive agency spend: July 2019’.
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12:20pm, 18 September 2019

Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2019 to 2020

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Teachers’ pension scheme payments made on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) in the 2019 to 2020 financial year.

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Added ‘Teachers’ pension scheme payments: July 2019’.
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12:23pm, 18 September 2019

Education and training

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Information on education and training by participation and achievements, including offender learning.

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Added ‘Education and training participation (aims) by sector subject area, local authority district, provider and learning aim: 2014/15 to 2017/18’ and ‘Education and training achievements (aims) by sector subject area, local authority district, provider and learning aim: 2014/15 to 2017/18’ to the collection.
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12:58pm, 18 September 2019

Statutory policies for schools and academy trusts

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Guidance on the policies and documents that governing bodies and proprietors of schools must have.

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3:00pm, 17 September 2019

Local-authority-maintained schools: governance

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Links to relevant guidance and resources for governors of local-authority-maintained schools.

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3:58pm, 17 September 2019

Academy trusts: governance

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Links to relevant guidance and resources for academy trust governors.

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3:59pm, 17 September 2019

Integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP)

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How schools can use ICFP to create the best curriculum for pupils with available funding.

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Added The Pioneer Academy Trust’s staff deployment analysis manual and tools and a video on Outwood Grange’s approach to ICFP to the resources section.
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4:24pm, 17 September 2019

Education Secretary backs review of university admissions

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The Education Secretary has backed a review which will consider whether students should apply to university after getting their A level results.

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12:15am, 16 September 2019

Teacher Recruitment Bulletin

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News and information for schools and initial teacher training (ITT) providers running teacher training programmes.

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Added September 2019 bulletin.
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4:08pm, 16 September 2019

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course directory

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An overview and directory of subject knowledge enhancement courses for lead schools and initial teacher training (ITT) providers.

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Updated Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) course directory listings for Bradford College.
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4:58pm, 16 September 2019

Relationship between reception baseline assessment and KS1 attainment

How pupils participating in an optional reception year assessment in 2015 performed in their KS1 assessments in 2018.

Survey of school business professionals

Findings from an online survey of school business professionals in schools and trusts.
5 September 2019