COVID-19 Updates

July 14, 2020

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


Recording of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to school leavers

Today, 43,000 people joined the Prime Minister’s live address to all school leavers congratulating them on reaching the end of their final year at school. A recording of the address is now available to view on Facebook and YouTube.

Behaviour and attendance checklist for school leaders to support full opening

We have published a behaviour and attendance checklist to assist school leaders and staff in preparing to welcome back all pupils full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. It is a tool for schools to support the re-engagement of pupils and the return to orderly and calm environments in which all pupils can achieve and thrive.

School leaders can use the checklist to develop their own plans, in a way that works for their pupils’ needs and school context.

The tool is intended for mainstream schools and has been developed by the Department for Education with input from the Department’s Lead Behaviour Adviser, Tom Bennett, and the behaviour adviser team.

Updated guidance on the financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

We have updated our guidance on the financial support available for education, early years and children’s social care to provide information on the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Ofsted guidance on phased return to inspections

Ofsted has published guidance for nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges about their phased return to inspection. On Monday, Ofsted announced that they will be carrying out a phased return to inspection, starting with an interim period of visits during the autumn term. Ofsted intend to resume full inspections in January 2021, and are keeping the exact timing under review.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have announced that they will visit local areas to help improve their special education needs and disabilities (SEND) systems following the disruption of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Ofsted and CQC will work collaboratively with local areas to understand the experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and to support local areas to prioritise and meet their needs.

The information below has not changed since yesterday.

Plans for all children and young people to return to full-time education at the start of the autumn term

The guidance for the full opening of schools, early years and colleges at the start of the autumn can be found here:

Covid Summer Food Fund

The Covid Summer Food Fund will enable children who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals (FSM) to be supported over the summer holiday period. All vouchers for the summer holidays must be ordered at least one week before your school’s summer term ends. The costs will be met centrally by the Department for Education.

Please read the guidance in full before ordering to ensure your orders are processed correctly.

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.

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 utside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.

Please see the latest guidance and video on handwashing from the NHS.

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.


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