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Education Service News Item

Updated Information for Educational Settings 30th March 2020


DfE update COVID-19 Monday 30th March 2020


 The DfE has published the following guidance:


 Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers


 The following documents have also been updated:


 Guidance for schools about temporarily closing (school closures Q&A)


 Guidance on vulnerable children and young people (vulnerable children and young people Q&A)


 Please note, these updates clarify and update terminology used in the guidance and do not include substantive policy changes or additional Q&A.


 Mental health and wellbeing guidance


 This weekend Public Health England has published new advice to support mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak. PHE has also updated the Every Mind Matters platform with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak.




Coronavirus Act 2020 Update  27th March 2020

The Coronavirus Act 2020 received royal assent on the 25 March 2020. Whilst the majority of the Act came into force yesterday there are some areas which require further statutory instruments for implementation. The two key areas identified of relevance to DSCs/DREs are the educational and employment provisions.

Educational provisions (ss 37-38)
- These provisions allow for the Secretary of State or Welsh Ministers to give directions requiring the closure of educational premises or childcare settings. (s.37)
- They also allow for the Secretary of State or Welsh Ministers to give directions requiring that educational institutions or childcare settings remain open. They also have the power to give notice disapplying other legislation applicable to educational institutions and childcare settings. (s.38)


Employment provisions (ss 39-40)
These powers allow for ministers to make the relevant regulations – until these are made these provisions are not technically ‘in-force’

Statutory Sick Pay: funding of employers’ liabilities (s.39)
- Makes provision that HMRC may make a payment to employers in respect of incapacity due to coronavirus. This will be funded by HMRC.

Statutory sick pay: power to disapply waiting period limitation (s.40)
This will allow for the government to temporarily suspend waiting days (that SSP is not paid until day 4) in the event of a severe outbreak/pandemic and lapse once the outbreak is over. This means that SSP may be paid from day 1.

Additional updates will be provided as these provisions are brought into force through statutory instruments.



DfE Covid-19 update 26th March 2020

 Please note, the DfE have recently published updates to the following guidance:

  •  Guidance on Vulnerable Children and Young People

 Questions and answers about the provisions being made for vulnerable children and young people.:

  •  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:  

 A full list of the latest published information can be found here.


DfE COVID 19 update  25th March 2020

 The DfE have recently published the following guidance:

  • Implementing Social Distancing in Education and Childcare Settings

Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement social distancing:

  • Guidance for Schools on Temporarily Closing (Updated)


Sets out the principals DfE would like schools to follow:

Guidance for further education providers on maintaining education and skills training provision

New guidance has been published which explains what further education providers need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to maintain provision:

·Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations

There is also new guidance available which outlines the changes that are being made to the apprenticeship programme during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • Guidance for early years and childcare providers


New guidance has also been published for Ofsted-registered childcare providers about childcare provision following the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Attendance Recording for Educational Settings

Link to the online form educational settings should use to submit their record of attendance to DfE:


A full list of the latest published information can be found here.

Please note, this guidance will be regularly updated (potentially daily) to add further information and respond to the situation on the ground and we will endeavour to keep you informed of any further updates.