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Teachers' pension scheme payments: 2019 to 2020

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

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

Special Offer

SGA have a special offer that will not only help in the world of education but is appropriate to busines, office and the work place as well as all education settings. The latest Public Health England posters relative to Covid- 19 are available to download direct from this website as a colour A4 poster to place on your notice boards On each page of the SGA website in the righthand Colum and near to the top is an example poster with its unique PHE/NHS message scroll through the web pages and decide on the poster you want to print

click on it and it will print to your printer an A4 poster. There are 16 posters to choose from some more specific to certain settings but all are applicable to staying safe and well. further information and larger posters are available from

All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0 https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/open-government-licence/version/3/ or available to view in the terms and conditions of this website.

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

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This is for all staff in:
• children’s homes, including secure children’s homes
• residential special schools or colleges
• fostering services
• visits to family homes
• alternative provision
• early years and childcare settings
• schools, including special schools
• further education (FE) settings including general FE education colleges, sixth form colleges and other providers

It includes advice on:
• minimising contact
• changes of work practices
• hand and respiratory hygiene
• increased cleaning of the environment
• limiting movement
• when you might need to use PPE

Early years and childcare settings, schools and colleges should read this guidance in conjunction with the Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings’ guidance

Statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers on schools and childcare reopening

This is a consensus statement from the Chief Medical Officers and Deputy Chief Medical Officers of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales on the current evidence of risks and benefits to health from schools and childcare settings reopening...Read more

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Face coverings in education

1. General approach to face coverings
2. Where local restrictions apply
3. Access to face coverings
4. Exemptions

All pupils, in all year groups, will return to education full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. This guidance is intended to support early years and childcare providers, schools, including alternative provision, and colleges with new advice on the use of face coverings.

Read more……

Reassurance for schools and students on result appeals


The Government has confirmed that all appeals of A and AS level and GCSE results will be free for schools and colleges following the implementation of the triple lock process that will ensure confidence and fairness in the results system this year, (Saturday 15 August).

Despite the unprecedented circumstances...Read more

Government campaign launches to get children ‘back to school safely’


Schools have received Public Health England endorsed guidance on protective measures they should implement to be as safe as possible and reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus.

Measures such as staggered break...Read more

Extra university places for vital courses announced


Extra university places for engineering, science and nursing courses have been made available for September, the Universities Minister has announced today.

Michelle Donelan has confirmed that the Government has approved over 9,000 additional places at UK universities for courses that will deliver vital services, support the economy and generate positive outcomes for students and the taxpayer. As part of the Government’s aim to drive an increase in science and innovation and ...Read more

Rise in top grades as students celebrate A level results


Hundreds of thousands of students have had their university places confirmed with more disadvantaged pupils than ever going on to higher education.

Despite the unprecedented circumstances, grades have remained broadly stable with a 2.5 percentage point rise in A and A* grades at A level, and a 0.7 percentage point rise in overall passes (A*-E)...Read more

Apprentices to get jobs boost
New support service launched to help apprentices who have lost their jobs due to the Covid-19 outbreak to find new opportunities.


A new online and telephone support service for apprentices who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 outbreak has been launched today by Gillian Keegan, Apprenticeships and Skills Minister (1 August)...Read more

Hundreds of additional school improvement projects get green light


Funding has today (5 August) been allocated for 580 building projects at academies, sixth form colleges and voluntary aided schools in England to transform facilities and improve school buildings. The funding will be used to repair and upgrade school facilities and create modern, fit-for-purpose spaces that meet schools’ needs. It also allows for a small number of expansion projects to increase school capacity...Read more

Triple lock for students ahead of A level and GCSE results


A new ‘triple lock’ process will give young people added security as they receive their grades this year, the Education Secretary has announced. Students could accept their calculated grade, appeal to receive a valid mock result, or sit autumn exams to ensure the achievements of young people are...Read more

Support for working families affected by coronavirus (COVID-19) given an extra boost


Department for Education, HM Revenue & Customs, and Vicky Ford MP

Working parents or carers who are eligible for Tax-Free Childcare or 30 hours free childcare but have temporarily fallen below the minimum income requirement as a result of the pandemic will continue to receive financial support until 31 October 2020...Read more

GCSE and A level students to receive centre assessment grades


Students in England will receive centre assessment grades for this week’s GCSE results and last week’s A and AS level results, the Government and Ofqual have confirmed today (17 August).

Ofqual had consulted on and implemented a standardisation process for exam results this summer, but the system has resulted in too many inconsistent and unfair outcomes for A and AS level students. Over the last ...Read more

For the Attention of the CEO, Headteacher & Chairs of Governors - Surrey Education Covid 19 Coronavirus

Weekly Update 27.08.2020

Dear Colleagues

Welcome back to your weekly COVID19 Coronavirus update which includes all the new and updated local information and guidance related to COVID-19 including links to information and guidance newly published on SCC dedicated webpages for School Leaders.

The details of this weekly update can be read here.


Changes to the law on education, health and care needs assessments and plans due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Guidance on temporary changes to special educational needs and disability legislation during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Updated to reflect the expiry of the notice modifying section 42 of the Children and Families Act on 31 July.

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guidance is for:
• families and parent carer forums
• SEND Information, Advice and Support Services
• local authorities (both their SEND and social care services, at a strategic and operational level)
• health commissioning bodies such as Clinical Commissioning Groups (at both strategic and operational level)
• early years providers, schools, colleges and other education settings
• mediation advisers
• others who contribute advice and information to education, health and care (EHC) needs assessments, such as:
• educational psychologists
• other health care professionals

updated 31 July 2020

Multi-million-pound funding package for school transport

New funding for local authorities to ease pressure on public transport as children return in September
First published. 8 August 2020

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.
Change made
We have added new information on school admissions. We have updated the information on travelling to and from nursery,
childminders, school and college, education, health and care (EHC) plans, wellbeing, online safety and assessment and exams.
Updated 21 August 2020

Wellbeing for education return grant: S31 grant determination letter

Additional funding for local authorities to support pupils’ and students’ wellbeing and psychosocial recovery as they return to full-time education in autumn 2020.
First published. 12 August 2020

Find, join or create a network for school business professionals

How business professionals working in schools can find, join or create a network of local school business professionals. This guide describes how business professionals working in schools can join or create a school business professional network. Networks help professionals to connect and share information. The school business professional networks directory includes groups that provide peer-to-peer support to help with a broad range of work-related activity, including buying for schools. You can find potential networks by regional schools commissioner (RSC) region. Inclusion in the directory does not constitute a recommendation by the Department for Education.

All levels of staff can benefit from being part of a network.

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A network offers many opportunities, including:
• sharing experience and best practice between members and the wider schools sector
• creating an on-call community to resolve problems quickly, saving time and money
• getting better value for money through buying together
• sharing local benchmarking data
• linking to wider local, regional and national networks
• supporting innovation
• being a communication channel between school business professionals, professional bodies and the Department for Education (DfE)
• promoting local opportunities and providing peer support for members

Find out how a school business manager (SBM) established a peer-support network of 50 schools to share innovative strategies
Time updated, 14 August 2020

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

Multi-agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. This guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) is for all persons and bodies in England and Wales.
You must read and follow this guidance if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
You should read this FGM guidance along-side other safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):
Change made
Updated guidance published.
updated 30 July 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updated guidance to include the temporary flexibility to allow apprenticeship certificates to be sent to an alternative address and the end point assessment (EPA) flexibilities that are extended until the end of the year.
updated 30 July 2020

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Updated guidance to include the temporary flexibility to allow apprenticeship certificates to be sent to an alternative address and the end point assessment (EPA) flexibilities that are extended until the end of the year.
updated 30 July 2020

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

Summer 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

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

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.

Current Consultations

Draft School Admissions Code

Briefing for schools on the proposed changes

Introduction
1. On 26 June, the DfE issued a consultation on a revised version of the School Admissions Code - https://consult.education.gov.uk/home-to-school-transport-and-admissions-team/changes-to-the-school-admissions-code. The consultation will run for 16 weeks until 16 October 2020.

Summary of Code changes for schools 01/09/2020.docx

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

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.

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