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Education Secretary's statement on coronavirus (COVID-19): 16 May

Education Secretary on the Government’s response to the outbreak of coronavirus and plans to begin returning to school safely

Published 16 May 2020
From:
Department for Education and The Rt Hon Gavin Williamson CBE MP

Welcome to today’s briefing from Downing Street. I am joined by Dr Jenny Harries, the deputy chief medical officer.

First, I want to update you on the latest data on the coronavirus response...Read more

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

What has changed

The government has updated its guidance for people who are shielding taking into account that COVID-19 disease levels are substantially lower now than when shielding was first introduced.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to take precautions but can now leave their home if they wish, as long as they are able to maintain strict social distancing. If you choose to spend time outdoors, this can be with members of your own household. If you live alone, you can spend time outdoors with one person from another household. Ideally, this should be the same person each time. If you do go out, you should take extra care to minimise contact with others by keeping 2 metres apart. This guidance will be kept under regular review...Read More

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Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2019 to 2020

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

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance in education and early years settings

Free schools and UTCs: successful applications

Open academies, free schools, studio schools and UTCs

Department for Education non-executive appointments

Higher education provider data: estates management: 2018 to 2019

How to access Department for Education (DfE) data extracts

Local authority interactive tool (LAIT)

National professional qualifications (NPQs): list of providers

Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings

School funding: between financial years 2010 to 2011 and 2020 to 2021

14 to 19 technical and applied qualifications: technical guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response

Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for schools

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings

Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)

Procurement at DfE

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closures

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures

School complaints procedures: guidance for schools

Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual

Introduction of T Levels

Technical qualifications within T Levels

Covid-19 adoption support fund scheme to help vulnerable families

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people

COVID-19: school closures

For the attention of the CEO, Headteacher, DSL and Chair of Governors/Management Committee -Promoting the attendance of vulnerable children. 01.05.20 1000hrs

Dear Colleagues

As you are aware Gavin Williamson wrote to all schools last week emphasising the expectation that those children with social workers should be in school. Whilst being mindful that there will be a handful of children with specific health issues, the overarching principle is that schools and social workers must work together to support the children's attendance in school.

To help with this, the LA has put together this leaflet for parents. It has been written by colleagues from social care as well as primary practitioners, and is aimed at encouraging parents to see the benefits of their child's attendance at school. We are asking social workers and schools to send this leaflet to those parents whose children have social workers and who could be coming to school, but aren't.

Currently on average only 3-5% of our children with social workers are attending school. Thank you in advance for your help in getting more children from this very vulnerable group into school where they can be safely cared for.

Mary Ellen McCarthy
Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership
Executive Member for Education

Jacquie Burke
Surrey County Council
Director Family Resilience & Safeguarding

SCC dedicated webpage – Covid-19 Information for School Leaders: https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/emergency-planning-and-community-safety/coronavirus/school-leaders

#stayathomesavelives

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 schools during the coronavirus outbreak

What schools need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. updated 5:53pm, 15 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 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
Good Afternoon,

During this uncertain time, Optimus Education wants you to know that we are here to support your primary school. Nationally we work with more than 7,000 schools and have carried out research with our members so that we can best support you through this time.

To help alleviate some of the stress over the coming weeks, Optimus Education are providing free resources to support your whole-school community. ...Read more

SAfE "Home Learning Information" Letter

Dear colleagues,

As we approach the end of the second week of partial closure of schools, I wanted to share with all colleagues across the Surrey school community, two very simple messages.

I want to say thank you and to acknowledge the remarkable commitment of our Surrey schools: to serve each child whether in school or remotely, to be there for their families, and to support the wider community...Read more

Just breaking: Guidance for school governor virtual meetings

School governors should not meet during Coronavirus situation. Guidance how virtual meets can take place.

To view your notification click here:
http://www.bettergovernor.co.uk/schools
/my_account#tabs-3


Spring Bulletin 2020

24 Packed pages of reports, articles and infomation for Surrey Governance.

Read the Bulletin PDF


COVID Guidance

COVID-19: guidance for educational settings

Updated 28 February 2020
This guidance will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding follow link

There is also this useful public health poster which you can download

Here is a second poster regarding home isolation health advice

Current Consultations

Exceptional arrangements for exam grading and assessment in 2020

Consultation on grading specified general qualifications in 2020: GCSEs, AS, A levels, Extended Project Qualifications and Advanced Extension Award.

Recent Consultations Outcomes

Home education: call for evidence and revised DfE guidance

This consultation has concluded
Download the full outcomeElective home education: call for evidence 2018 response
PDF, 555KB, 43 pages

Funding increases to teachers’ pensions employer contributions

This consultation has concluded
Download the full outcomeFunding increases to teachers' pensions employer contributions: consultation response
Ref: DfE-00076-2019
PDF, 435KB, 24 pages

Keeping children safe in education: proposed revisions

This consultation has concluded
Download the full outcome Keeping children safe in education: consultation response
Ref: DFE-00154-2018
PDF, 349KB, 44 pages