Link to the DfE Website
Guidance for early career teachers (ECTs): ECF-based training
Information for ECTs on professional development training and support based on the early career framework (ECF). This is part of your 2-year induction.
First published.13 April 2022

Ambitious reform for children and young people with SEND
Green paper will consult on a stronger national system for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), boosting parent confidence.
First published.
12:15am, 29 March 2022

Schools White Paper delivers real action to level up education
Page summary:
Schools White Paper, Opportunity for All, sets out plans to make sure every child can reach the full height of their potential.
First published., 28 March 2022

School Rebuilding Programme:
Information about the School Rebuilding Programme including how responsible bodies can nominate a school.
Change made:
Added guidance for responsible bodies on how to nominate a school for the School Rebuilding Programme. 3 February 2022


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Education staff wellbeing charter
An explanation of the education staff wellbeing charter and the benefits of using it.
Change made:
We have updated the ‘Privacy notice for Education Staff Wellbeing Charter’ and added information on how organisations can remove themselves as signatories to the charter.4 February 2022



Senior mental health lead training
Find out how to apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Change made:
Updated the list of DfE assured senior mental health lead training courses. 31 January 2022

DfE and other Consultations

Strategic Development Fund and Local Skills Improvement Plans pilots
The successful applicants appointed to pilot the Strategic Development Fund and Local Skills Improvement Plans in 2021 to 2022.
Change made:
Added link for East Midlands Local Skills Improvement Plan.14 April 2022

School workforce census: guide to submitting data
How local authorities, local-authority-maintained schools, and academies should collect and submit data for the school workforce census.
Change made:
Updated the census dates for 2022. Added a link to the 2022 business and technical specification and validation rules.
14 April 2022

Opportunity areas grant: S31 grant determination and letters
Additional funding for local authorities to improve social mobility for children and young people in deprived areas.
Change made:
Added payments made in the financial year 2021 to 2022. 14 April 2022

School-led tutoring grant
How schools and academy trusts should plan and deliver the national tutoring programme’s school-led tutoring to help pupils catch up on missed learning.
Change made:
Added ‘School-led tutoring: guidance for local authorities and independent special schools’. 14 April 2022

Statistics at DfE
The Department for Education publishes official statistics on education and children.
Change made:
We have added ‘Academy trust revenue reserves 2020 to 2021’ on 19 April 2022 and ‘School leadership in England 2010 to 2020: characteristics and trends’ on 28 April 2022 to the ‘Ad hoc statistics and data releases section’.13 April 2022

Guidance for mentors: how to support ECF-based training
Information for mentors assigned to early career teachers (ECTs) doing training based on the early career framework (ECF) as part of their 2-year induction.

Submit a school land transaction proposal: acquisitions
Apply to the Secretary of State for Education for consent for, or notification of, a transaction involving school land. Change made: First published.13 April 2022

Copyright licences for state schools in England
Guidance on copyright licences and how copyright affects schools.
Change made:
Added information about the data collection programme Every Copy Counts. 13 April 2022

Free school meals: guidance for schools and local authorities
Guidance for schools and local authorities about providing school meals including information on free school meal eligibility.
Change made:
Added a new guidance document on ‘Providing free school meals to families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF)’ and a sample application form. 13 April 2022

Multiply: funding available to improve numeracy skills
Documents to help local areas write investment plans for delivering the Multiply adult numeracy programme.
First published.13 April 2022

Guidance for schools: how to manage ECF-based training
Information for school leaders and induction tutors on training based on the early career framework (ECF), part of induction for early career teachers (ECTs).
First published.13 April 2022

How the early career framework (ECF) supports induction
The ECF is a framework for the professional development of early career teachers. ECF-based training is part of their 2-year inductions, but is not assessed.:
First published.13 April 2022

Funding and eligibility for ECF-based training
How DfE funding for training based on the early career framework (ECF) works, also which schools, early career teachers and mentors are eligible for funding.
First published.13 April 2022

Multiplying maths skills for adults
£270 million investment in adult numeracy in England to help people progress and secure great jobs
First published.13 April 2022

Induction, training and support for early career teachers (ECTs)
Information on the 2-year induction for ECTs, also the DfE-funded training based on the early career framework (ECF) that is now part of statutory induction.
First published.13 April 2022

Changes to statutory induction for early career teachers (ECTs)
Information on the 2-year ECT induction and how it replaces the old 1-year newly qualified teacher (NQT) induction, including the early roll out of the reforms.:
First published.13 April 2022

School census autumn 2022 to summer 2023: school summary report
Specifications for software suppliers developing school summary reports for the school censuses in autumn 2022, spring 2023 and summer 2023. First published. 13 April 2022

Free schools and UTCs: successful applications
Details of successful applications for free schools and university technical colleges (UTCs) in the pre-opening stage.
Change made:
Updated the list of free schools and UTCs in the pre-opening stage for April 2022.

Education recovery support
A list of resources to help early years settings, schools and 16 to 19 education providers support children and young people’s wellbeing and education recovery.
Change made:
Updated the ‘Education recovery support’ guidance and added ‘Education recovery: guidance for governors and trustees’.13 April 2022

School census 2022 to 2023: technical information

Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2022 to 2023 school census data.
Change made:
Added the 2022 to 2023 school census collections validation rules. Updated the ‘School census 2022 to 2023: business and technical information’. Changes are listed in the version history.
13 April 2022

Early years foundation stage profile return: how to submit data
How local authorities should submit data from early years providers to complete the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) return. Change made:
Added a link to the Early years foundation stage profile return 2022: guide in the ‘Return documents’ section.
12 April 2022

School and college performance measures
Guidance and tools to help you understand and analyse your school or college’s performance.
Change made:
Added information on changes to school and college accountability measures: 2020 to 2022 to the collection. 12 April 2022
School suspensions and permanent exclusions
Guidance on the suspension and permanent exclusion of pupils from local-authority-maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units. Change made:
Removed guidance on changes to the school suspension and permanent exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, as it has been withdrawn.
12 April 2022

Early years foundation stage profile return 2022: guide
Guide for local authorities and schools submitting early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) data for 2022.:
First published.12 April 2022
School applications for foreign national children and children resident outside England
Advice for state-funded school admission authorities, independent schools, local authorities and parents.
Change made:
Page updated for EU Settlement Scheme provisions and to include references to Hong Kong, Afghan and Ukraine migrants and refugees, with information reordered to clarify which sections are relevant to different applicants and how the provisions interact with the school admissions process. 12 April 2022

Providing external assurance on subcontracting controls
Assurance certificate for providers and employer-providers who deliver adult provision, including apprenticeships and traineeships and subcontract ESFA funding.
Change made:
Updated ‘Providers in scope’, ‘Process’ and ‘Return by Document exchange’ sections in ‘Providing external assurance on subcontracting controls’.
12 April 2022

School census autumn 2021 to summer 2022: school summary report
Specifications for software suppliers developing school summary reports for the school censuses in autumn 2021, spring 2022 and summer 2022. Change made:
Updated the ‘Summary report technical specification: summer’. 11 April 2022

Skills Advisory Panels
Get access to local skills reports and guidance on producing reports, governance and developing an evidence base of the local labour and skills landscape.
Change made:
Added and updated links in ‘List of Skills Advisory Panels and local skills reports’.11 April 2022

School census 2021 to 2022: technical information
Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2021 to 2022 school census data.
Change made:
Updated the ‘2021 to 2022 school census collections validation rules’. Changes are listed in the version history. 11 April 2022

Supporting Families
This page shares essential programme delivery and policy guidance for Supporting Families. Change made: Added Supporting Families Programme guidance 2022 to 2025; Early Help System guide; Earned Autonomy prospectus Time updated:2 April 2022

Infants, children and families to benefit from boost in support
Package of support for vulnerable families worth more than £1 billion will help every child gets the best possible start in life First published.2 April 2022

Family hubs and start for life package: methodology for pre-selecting local authorities
The 75 local authorities pre-selected for the family hubs and start for life package and the selection methodology. First published.2 April 2022

Supporting Families: Early Help System guide
This guidance is for local partnerships building and delivering the local early help system of support for families. First published.2 April 2022

Evaluation of the 2021 holiday activities and food programme
Findings from the evaluation of the holiday activities and food programme, which was carried out between May 2021 and February 2022.: First published.2 April 2022

Supporting Families Programme guidance 2022 to 2025
This guidance sets out the objectives of Supporting Families in 2022 to 2025 and is for local authorities and their partners delivering Supporting Families. First published.2 April 2022

Common transfer file (CTF) and co-ordinated admissions data
CTF documents and co-ordinated admissions files for software suppliers of school and local authority management information systems. Change made: Added ‘Co-ordinated admissions 2023: series 19 files’. 1 April 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures
Our approach to school and college accountability, performance tables and data during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Change made: Removed ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college accountability 2019 to 2020’ as it has been withdrawn. Time updated: 1:34pm, 1 April 2022

Secretary of State letter to local authorities about children arriving from Ukraine
Secretary of State for Education letter to local authorities on the right of children arriving from Ukraine to access education and childcare while in the UK. First published. 1 April 2022

Co-ordinate admissions 2023: series 19 files
Files for the electronic transfer of 2023 co-ordinated admissions data, primarily for use by software suppliers. First published.1 April 2022

Strategic Development Fund and Local Skills Improvement Plans pilots
The successful applicants appointed to pilot the Strategic Development Fund and Local Skills Improvement Plans in 2021 to 2022.
Change made:
Updated with information about the Strategic Development Fund and Local Skills Improvement Plans. Removed references to the skills accelerator. 1 April 2022

Common basic data set (CBDS): database
The latest common basic data set (CBDS) and version control log for use by software suppliers developing management information systems.
Change made:
Updated the Common basic data set (CBDS) database. The changes are listed in the version history tab of the database.
1 April 2022

Schools financial value standard (SFVS) and assurance statement
This guidance helps schools and local authorities meet basic standards for good financial health and resource management.
Change made:
Added information on related party transactions and a link to the specimen signature template.
Time updated: 1 April 2022

Responsibility for exams
Guidance for schools, colleges and exam centres on who should enter students for exams and the support DfE is providing.
Change made:
Removed the public health guidance to support exams for 2021 to 2022 as it has been withdrawn.
Time updated:1 April 2022

SEND and AP green paper: responding to the consultation
How to help different groups respond to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) consultation. Change made:
Added a PDF of ‘Summary of the SEND review: right support, right place, right time’ and translations of this summary in Urdu, Punjabi (Gurmukhi) and Polish. , 31 March 2022

Senior mental health lead training
Find out how to apply for a grant and access DfE quality assured training to help develop a whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing.
Change made:
Updated the list of DfE assured senior mental health lead training courses.
Time updated:31 March 2022

Local authority provision for school places and support for vulnerable children
A research report examining how local authorities are ensuring there are sufficient school places and how they are supporting vulnerable children.
Change made:
First published.
Time updated:
12:02pm, 31 March 2022

Supporting families after care proceedings
Research report on a qualitative study into parental perspectives of supervision orders and care orders at home. First published.31 March 2022

Move to the UK if you’re from Ukraine
Check what you need to do before you travel to the UK and what to do after you arrive.
Change made:
Added Ukrainian translation
31 March 2022

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on adolescent mental health
Analysis of large-scale trial data to assess the impact of the pandemic on adolescent mental health and wellbeing.
Change made:
First published.31 March 2022

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.
Change made:
Added ‘Apprenticeship and traineeships: March 2022’ and ‘Further education and skills: March 2022’.
31 March 2022

Statistics: looked-after children
Statistics on children under local authority care at national and local authority level.
Change made:
Added ‘Outcomes for children in need, including children looked after by local authorities, in England: 2020 to 2021’.
Time updated:
9:30am, 31 March 2022

Outcomes for children in need, including children looked after by local authorities, in England: 2020 to 2021
A range of outcome measures at national and local authority level for children in need, including children looked after by local authorities in England.
First published.31 March 2022

Statistics: children in need and child protection
Statistics on children referred to and assessed by children’s social services.
Change made:
Added ‘Outcomes for children in need, including children looked after by local authorities, in England: 2020 to 2021’.
31 March 2022

Equality and diversity
The Department for Education aims to set an example as an employer and develop policies that make opportunity equal for children and young people.
Change made:
Updated with information for 2022.
30 March 2022

Systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) teaching programme validation
Guidance on how to complete the self assessment form with the essential core criteria and supporting information.
Change made:
Updated ‘Validation of systematic synthetic phonics programmes: supporting
30 March 2022

Childminder agencies: list of agencies
Information for childminders and providers of childcare on domestic premises wishing to register with a childminder agency.
Change made:
Updated ‘List of childminder agencies’.
30 March 2022



Choosing a phonics teaching programme
Sets out what the government is doing to help schools choose a phonics teaching programme.
Change made:
Updated the list of validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programmes in ‘Choosing a phonics teaching programme’ and added updated contacts in ‘Contact list for the validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programmes’.
Time updated:
11:25am, 30 March 2022

Opportunity for all: strong schools with great teachers for your child
This white paper demonstrates how our education system can deliver on the government’s priority to level up across the country. The economic benefits of meeting the white paper’s ambitions, and the case for a fully trust led system, are also set out.
Change made:
Added ‘Methodology for obtaining mean GCSE grades for English language and mathematics’.
Time updated:
1:19pm, 29 March 2022

The risk protection arrangement (RPA) for schools
Public sector schools can join the risk protection arrangement (RPA), an alternative to commercial insurance, which may save time and money. Change made:
Updated ‘Local authority maintained community schools: RPA membership rules’, ‘Voluntary aided, foundation and foundation special schools: RPA membership rules’, and ‘Voluntary controlled schools: RPA membership rules’ for 2022 to 2023.:
29 March 2022

Early career teacher (ECT) induction: coronavirus (COVID-19) absence exemption
Guidance on COVID-19 related absences during early career teacher (ECT) induction.
First published.29 March 2022

High needs provision capital allocations
Local authority funding to support the provision of new places and improve existing provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities or requiring alternative provision.
Change made:
High needs provision capital allocations updated for 2022.
29 March 2022

Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
Guidance about additional funding for those currently undertaking induction.
Change made:
Moved the information on the COVID-19 absences exemption during statutory teacher induction to a new page: ‘Early career teacher induction: coronavirus (COVID-19) absence exemption’.
29 March 2022

SEND review: right support, right place, right time
We’re seeking views on our green paper about the changes we want to make to the special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and alternative provision (AP) system in England.
First published. 29 March 2022

Ambitious reform for children and young people with SEND
Green paper will consult on a stronger national system for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), boosting parent confidence.
First published.
12:15am, 29 March 2022

Length of the school week: minimum expectation
Information on the expectation that all mainstream state-funded schools should provide a school week of at least 32.5 hours by September 2023.
First published.28 March 2022

Supporting schools that are not making necessary improvements
We are proposing to bring schools with two consecutive Ofsted judgments below ‘Good’ in scope for intervention.
First published.28 March 2022

Schools causing concern
Statutory guidance on local authorities’ and regional schools commissioners’ responsibilities relating to schools and PRUs causing concern. Change made:
Updated guidance to reflect changes to the School Improvement Monitoring and Brokering grant and who can request that a schools academy order is revoked when a school is due to close.
28 March 2022

Fair school funding for all: completing our reforms to the National Funding Formula
We are seeking views on the approach to completing our reforms to the National Funding Formula.
Change made:
Added ‘Completing the reforms to the National Funding Formula: government consultation response’.
28 March 2022

Public sector apprenticeship target
Guidance for public bodies in scope of the public sector apprenticeship target.
Change made:
Added information about the public sector apprenticeships target from 1 April 2022 onwards. Removed old guidance document for the period 2017 to 2021.
, 28 March 2022

UK boosts support for Ukrainian research community
Ukrainian nationals involved in academic research will benefit from a £3 million UK Government package of support to continue their vital work in the UK.
First published.27 March 2022

UK students in the EU: continuing your studies
Contact your higher education provider to check if there are any changes to your situation from 1 January 2021.
Change made:
Updated to reflect the changes to guidance on travel to the UK and removal of the red list.
22 March 2022

Studying in the UK: guidance for EU students
What citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland studying, or planning to study in the UK should consider. Change made:
Updated to reflect the changes to guidance on travel to the UK and removal of the red list. , 22 March 2022

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
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) pandemic: 23 March 2020 to 17 March 2022’.
Time updated:
22 March 2022

Exploring digital maturity in schools using EdTech data
A report on the creation of a metric to measure digital maturity in schools, based on data from the education technology (EdTech) survey of 2020 to 2021.
Change made:
Updated the email address for enquiries on page 114 of ‘Exploring digital maturity in schools’.
22 March 2022

Academic Mentors
How schools and academy trusts can apply for subsidised tutoring as part of the National Tutoring Programme to help pupils catch up on missed learning.
Change made:
Updated ‘Funding’ section.
21 March 2022

Post-16: intervention and accountability
Information about the intervention framework for post-16 education and skills providers.
Change made:
Updated to reflect the latest information on the intervention framework for post-16 education and skills providers.

Evidence to the STRB: 2022 pay award for school staff
The Education Secretary’s evidence to the School Teachers’ Review Body (STRB) about the 2022 pay award. First published.4 March 2022

Childminder agencies (CMAs)
Information about childminder agencies (CMAs). First published.3 March 2022

Adoption support fund: first follow up survey
Report from the evaluation of the adoption support fund (ASF) on findings from the first follow up survey of families whose children received support.:
First published., 3 March 2022

Multi-million pound boost for new families as adoptions increase
Funding will help children find permanent homes faster, as research shows more adoptive parents are being recruited and children are waiting less time in care.
First published, 3 March 2022

Post-16 qualifications boosted to help more people to progress
A consultation is launched seeking views on plans to reform options at Level 2 and below First published. 2 March 2022

Review of post-16 qualifications at level 2 and below
We’re seeking views on proposals to reform post-16 qualifications at level 1, level 2 and entry level. 2 March 2022

Apply for a role in the early years COVID-19 recovery experts and mentors programme
How to apply to become a mentor, expert or area lead for the early years COVID-19 recovery programme.
First published.28 February 2022

Improvement notice issued to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
An improvement notice issued to Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council following practice concerns identified in the council’s children’s social care functions.
First published., 28 February 2022

Termination warning notice to the Community Inclusive Trust
Termination warning notice issued to the Community Inclusive Trust in relation to Woodlands Academy by the Department for Education.
First published. 10 February 2022

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.
Change made:
Updated PDFs showing the questions in the educational setting status form.4 February 2022

Early years initial teacher training (ITT) providers
List of early years initial teacher training (ITT) providers.
Change made:
Removed University of Chichester from list of providers.
4 February 2022

Statistics at DfE
The Department for Education publishes official statistics on education and children.
Change made:
Added ‘Correction to apprenticeship national achievement rates’.
3 February 2022

Further plans to level up opportunities for every child
Plans confirmed for register of children not in school so no child can ‘fall through the cracks’
First published.3 February 2022

Revised behaviour in schools guidance and suspension and permanent exclusions guidance
We are seeking views on proposed changes to the behaviour in schools guidance and the suspension and permanent exclusion guidance for England.
First published. 3 February 2022

COVID-19 12 to 15 vaccination programme funding for schools: conditions of funding
Allocation of funding and terms and conditions for schools and other eligible settings for 12 to 15 vaccination programme funding.
First published. 3 February 2022

Subject knowledge enhancement (SKE): course directory
An overview and directory of subject knowledge enhancement courses for lead schools and initial teacher training (ITT) providers. 2 February 2022

Alternative provision: year 11 transition funding
Sets out the financial support available to alternative provision (AP) schools and colleges to support current year 11 students into post-16 education.
Change made:
Updated the ‘accessing the funding’ section to state that the digital claim form will be available after spring half-term and will need to be completed by 15 March 2022.
2 February 2022

Package to transform education and opportunities for most disadvantaged
Skills, schools and families at the heart of government plans to improve public services and level up left behind areas.
Change made:
Inserted full list of Education Investment Areas.1 February 2022

Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2021 to 2022
Teachers’ pension scheme payments made on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) in the 2021 to 2022 financial year. Change made:
Added ‘Teachers’ pension scheme payments: November 2021’.
1 February 2022

Teacher misconduct: regulating the teaching profession
We are seeking views on proposed changes to the teacher misconduct arrangements operated by the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA) on behalf of the Secretary of State for Education.
Change made:
First published.1 February 2022

Improving attendance: good practice for schools and multi-academy trusts
Schools and multi-academy trusts (MATs) share their different techniques for improving attendance rates in their settings. First published.1 February 2022



Supporting excellent school resource management
Help and support for schools to reduce cost pressures and make every pound count.
Change made:
Updated ‘Supporting excellent school resource management’ following closure of the north-west buying hub. Removed reference to Salix loans on same page.1 February 2022

Children Act 1989: transition to adulthood for care leavers
Volume 3: statutory guidance for local authorities on helping care leavers aged 16 and 17 prepare for adulthood.
Change made:
Made minor amendments to the guidance for local authorities when responding to Subject Access Requests (SARs) to reflect changes to data protection legislation.
1 February 2022

Providing supported internships for young people with an EHC plan
Guidance on how to provide supported internships for young people with special educational needs and an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Change made:
Updated the guidance on supported internships. There are no significant policy changes, but the updated guidance draws on the experiences of local authorities and providers who have been running successful supported internships programmes, and the 2020 Cooper Gibson research on supported internships.1 February 2022

Transport to schools and colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic
What those responsible for transport to schools and colleges will need to do during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Change made:
Guidance updated following the removal of plan B restrictions. 31 January 2022

School resource management: training and support
Sources of training and support for school business professionals in schools, trusts and other organisations.
Change made:
Updated the examples of national professional qualifications and specialist qualifications.21 January 2022



Free courses for jobs
Page summary:
Details of the free courses and qualifications to help adults (19+) gain skills for life, including eligibility criteria and how to apply.
Change made:
Updated the information on the National Living Wage in the ‘Free qualifications for adults’ section and the eligibility in the ‘Skills Bootcamps’ section. 21 January 2022

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel: review into safeguarding children with disabilities and complex health needs in residential settings
Correspondence between the Secretary of State for Education and the panel setting out the terms of reference for the national review into safeguarding children with disabilities and complex health needs in residential settings. First published., 21 January 2022

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. Change made: Updated information on the use of face coverings, use of NHS COVID passes, keeping settings safe, isolation for boarding school pupils and working from home. 20 January 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services
Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children. Change made:
Updated ‘COVID-19: guidance for children’s social care services’ to reflect the removal of Plan B restrictions, including updates to temporary regulations, visits and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.20 January 2022



FE funding: initial teacher education (ITE) bursaries 2022 to 2023
Guidance for FE ITE providers about bursary funding for the 2022 to 2023 academic year.:
First published., 20 January 2022

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
What childcare services early years settings, childminders and local authorities need to provide during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Updated guidance to align with the Plan B announcement on Wednesday 19 January 2022. This includes the removal of the recommendation to wear face coverings in communal areas from 27 January. Additional guidance has also been added on staff deployment and staff shortages, EYFS flexibilities, prioritising early years places and reporting COVID cases to Ofsted, 20 January 2022



Statistics at DfE
The Department for Education publishes official statistics on education and children.
Change made:
Added ‘Period products scheme: 2021 management information’ to ‘Ad hoc statistics and data releases’. 20 January 2022

Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) in education and childcare settings
What measures education and childcare settings should be prepared to introduce to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made:
Updated to align with the Plan B announcement on 19 January.

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
Find out how apprenticeships will continue during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Change made:
Updated to reflect the fact that the government is no longer advising people to work from home if they can and to reflect the ending of the temporary suspension of the requirement for level 2 apprentices to attempt level 2 FSQs.19 January 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions:
Guidance on entry testing for admission to state-funded selective schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Change made:
Updated to account for advice in the ‘Schools COVID-19 operational guidance’ that face coverings are no longer recommended in schools.19 January 2022

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:
Updated to reflect the removal of Plan B requirements for working from home, face coverings in classrooms, face coverings in communal areas and mandatory NHS COVID Pass certification requirements for events.19 January 2022

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 to reflect the removal of Plan B restrictions, including to update advice for tracing close contacts and isolation of under 5s, remove the recommendation to wear face coverings in classrooms and communal areas, update isolation expectations in a residential setting, remove the mandatory certification section as this will no longer be in place from 27 January, confirm that recovery programmes should continue to be delivered, and reflect that from 27 January government is no longer advising people to work from home if they can. Additionally, moved section on protection measures to the beginning to the document to enable easier comparison with other guidance documents.
19 January 2022

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Change made:
Updated ‘Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak’ to align with today’s Plan B announcement. We have also clarified the information on children under 5 years who are identified as close contacts and isolation expectations in boarding schools. 19 January 2022

Choosing a phonics teaching programme
Sets out what the government is doing to help schools choose a phonics teaching programme.
Change made:
Updated footnote 1 and added information about the January 2022 validation process update in the ‘Choosing a phonics teaching programme’ guidance. Updated contact details in the ‘Contact details for the validated systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) programmes’ document. 18 January 2022

Systematic synthetic phonics (SSP) teaching programme validation
Guidance on how to complete the self assessment form with the essential core criteria and supporting information.
Change made:
Updated guidance for a February validation window.18 January 2022

Monthly statistics on initial teacher training (ITT) recruitment
Numbers of candidates and applications for initial teacher training (ITT) for the 2022 to 2023 academic year. Change made:
Added zip file ‘Initial teacher training recruitment: candidate applications and numbers December 2021’.18 January 2022

Universities pledge to end use of non-disclosure agreements
Ministers and campaigners back new pledge to end the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements within universities to silence complainants in sexual harassment cases
First published.18 January 2022

Check early years qualifications
Find out if a person’s qualifications allow them to work in an early years setting, and if you can include them in staff:child ratios.
Change made:
We have updated the link to the level 3 early years special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) qualification specification and role description., 18 January 2022



School census 2021 to 2022: technical information
Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2021 to 2022 school census data.
Change made:
Updated ‘School census 2021 to 2022: business and technical information’ and ‘2021 to 2022 school census collections validation rules’. Changes are listed in the version history of each document.18 January 2022

Early years level 3 SENCO
Role description and qualification specification for early years special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs). First published.18 January 2022



Special educational needs person level survey 2022: guide and technical specification
Guide, technical specification and validation rules for local authorities completing returns for the person level 2022 special educational needs survey (SEN2).
Change made:
Updated ‘Special educational needs person level survey 2022: guide’. Details of the changes are in the version history.17 January 2022

New school proposals
Lists of local authorities seeking academy and free school proposers, and of all academies and free schools already set up.
Change made:
Updated ‘Local authorities seeking proposers’ – added a new presumption competition for a primary school in Manchester City Council.17 January 2022

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.
Change made:
Updated list of sub-codes to say that code Y can be used for non-attendance due to exceptional staff absences or unavailability of transport due to COVID-19. 7 January 2022

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 the ‘Rapid asymptomatic testing in specialist settings’ guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests. 7 January 2022

School improvement support
Page summary:
Professional development and support to help schools develop their leadership, staff and curriculum, so they can improve their results and performance.
Change made:
Added a link to ‘Modern foreign languages curriculum design courses: apply now’.7 January 2022



How DfE share personal data
Information on how the Department for Education (DfE) and its executive agencies, share personal data.
Change made:
Updated to reflect the new Department for Education (DfE) data sharing service and new application form. 7 January 2022

Managing coronavirus (COVID-19) in education and childcare settings
What measures education and childcare settings should be prepared to introduce to manage coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made:
Updated advice on face coverings and baseline measures.7 January 2022

Get help with technology for remote education
Find out about the support available for educational settings and local authorities for remote and face-to-face education, and access to social care.
Change made:
Removed mention of ordering 4G routers. 7 January 2022

Apply for Department for Education (DfE) personal data
How to apply for access to personal data from DfE and its executive agencies.
First published.7 January 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services
Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.
Change made:
Updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests. 6 January 2022



Protective measures for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings for children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Protective measures for providers of community activities, holiday or after-school clubs, tuition and other out-of-school settings offering provision to children during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests and clarifying that children can return to school after day 7 if they’ve had 2 negative LFD tests. 6 January 2022

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:
Guidance updated in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests, clarification that children can return to the setting on day 7 if they’ve had 2 negative LFD tests and guidance on testing under 5s for household contacts. 6 January 2022

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:
Updated the ‘Addendum: recording attendance in relation to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the 2021 to 2022 academic year’ in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests. 6 January 2022



Our governance
Decision-making, executive and managerial bodies in the Department for Education (DfE).
:First published.5 January 2022

Higher education providers: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance for higher education providers.
Change made:
Updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests. 5 January 2022

Coronavirus (COVID-19): assessment processes for selective school admissions
Guidance on entry testing for admission to state-funded selective schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Change made:
Updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests and clarifying that children can return to school after day 7 if they’ve had two negative LFD tests. 5 January 2022



Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Change made:
Updated guidance in line with the UKHSA announcement about confirmatory PCR tests and clarifying that children can return to school after day 7 if they’ve had two negative LFD tests.5 January 2022

Evidence summary: COVID-19 – children, young people and education settings
DfE papers summarising evidence in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly around children, young people and education settings.
Change made:
Added ‘Evidence summary: COVID-19 – face coverings in education settings 5 January 2022



Testing measures to ensure young people return to classrooms
On-site Covid lateral flow tests for secondary pupils on return to school, with students and staff encouraged to test twice a week
First published.3 January 2022

More support to keep pupils in the classroom
Face-to-face education prioritised as it is important for pupils’ education and wellbeing
First published., 2 January 2022

Critical workers and vulnerable children who can access schools or educational settings
List of critical workers (key workers) and vulnerable children and young people who can access full-time education provision in the case of future restrictions on education during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made:
Updated the list of vulnerable children and young people, and who this includes. 2 January 2022