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COVID-19 DfE School Guidance

The Department for Education has been providing schools and educational settings with guidance during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic.

Here are the recent announcements by date relating to Coronavirus (COVID-19), only showing the most recent link for regularly updated documents and guidance:

Guidance issued on 27 November 2020:

Contingency framework: education and childcare settings

This framework was confirmed as a ‘last resort’ and will only be initiated following a ministerial decision. It sets out how such restrictions would be implemented as a containment measure for the rare circumstances in which they are required to address transmission within education settings. An educational setting should not move to implement restrictive measures of the kind set out in the contingency framework without the explicit agreement of the Department for Education.

New funding to support schools and colleges during Covid pandemic

Press release about the Covid workforce fund to support with costs of staff absences in schools and colleges.

 Guidance issued on 25 November 2020:

ESFA Update academies: 25 November 2020

The latest information and actions from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for academies.

Guidance issued on 23 November 2020:  

Local restriction tiers

Devon has been placed in tier 2 (High Alert) details of what that means will be found within this document.  It also confirms that everyone should attend school or college as normal, unless they are self-isolating and that schools, universities, colleges and early years settings remain open in all tiers

Help with accessing and buying resources for remote education

Information for schools and school buying professionals on sourcing educational resources during COVID-19.

Covid Winter Plan

This provides detail of the overall plan to come out of the current lockdown.  The section relating to schools is on page 38 section 5, ‘Keeping Education and the Economy Going’ and states that The Department for Education will update its guidance in the coming days to reflect how settings should operate under the strengthened tier system and an updated contingency framework in the exceptional circumstances in which further restrictions on education are required in any area.

Guidance issued on 16 November 2020:

Education and childcare settings: national restrictions from 5 November 2020

This key document was updated on 16th November to draw in all the latest information on out-of-school activities, wraparound childcare, clinically extremely vulnerable children and staff and extra-curricular activities in schools with and added clarification on when face coverings should be worn.

Guidance issued on 12 November 2020:

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Guidance issued on 21 October 2020

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Guidance issued on 16 October 2020:

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Guidance issued on 29 September 2020:

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Guidance issued on 25 September 2020:

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Guidance issued on 04 September 2020:

Guidance issued on 02 September 2020:

For guidance issued before this date see our previous news articles on our website. Further advice is also available on the Department for Education website.

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