COVID-19 Updates

June 12, 2020

** This information is received from the Government and regularly updated


Updated information on the educational settings status form

Thank you for completing this daily attendance return. Your data helps us build a national picture of educational provision so that we can focus support more effectively, monitor the impact of the virus, and ensure children are safe.

We have been listening to your feedback over the course of the last two weeks and will be making a number of changes in response from Monday:

  • fewer requests related to student or pupil absence reasons
  • extra guidance in the form to support completion
  • streamlined questions for the FE sector
  • a new request to inform DfE how many pupils or students are attending your educational setting in years 10 and 12, in line with Government guidance on the wider opening of settings to more pupils

Over the coming days we will also begin automatically populating selected parts of the return from the previous day to reduce the time needed to complete.

Guidance on how to record attendance at this time and a link to the current online form can be found here:

Updated guidance on remote education during coronavirus

We have updated our guidance on remote education during the coronavirus outbreak to include case studies from schools that have shared their experiences of how they have adjusted the curriculum in their setting, how they have organised mixed ability pupils into smaller groups and mitigated for different levels of pupil learning during the outbreak.

Examples of experiences and practices of teachers and school leaders can be found here:

Apprenticeship and skills minister published article

Minister Keegan has written in FE Week about colleges and providers having the flexibility to offer more students face-to-face learning from Monday 15 June.

The article can be found here:

The information below has not changed since yesterday.

Preparing for the wider opening of schools and early years settings

Guidance on the actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June, at the earliest, can be found here:

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

Guidance for early years providers to help them prepare to open their settings for children of all ages from 1 June can be found here:

Guidance for primary schools to help them prepare to open to Reception, year 1 and year 6 from 1 June can be found here:

Guidance for secondary schools to help them prepare to offer face-to-face support to year 10 and year 12 pupils from 15 June can be found here:

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687

Opening hours:

8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the helpline.

Updated handwashing advice

It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:

The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene. E-Bug has published posters on hand hygiene, and covering coughs and sneezes, to display in bathrooms, classrooms and shared spaces.

The hand and respiratory hygiene posters and other educational resources can be found here:

Collection of guidance for educational settings on GOV.​UK

All of the Department for Education’s coronavirus guidance for educational settings can be found in one place on GOV.​UK at:


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