This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Guidance on school leadership support
We are offering time-limited, school-to-school recovery support to schools and academy trusts, to help overcome the challenges faced or exacerbated as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Support will be in the form of dedicated time with an experienced system leader for up to 5 days. Additional support to schools with particularly challenging needs may also be provided.
Support will be tailored to the individual needs of the school or academy trust and could include a focus on:
- support or planning with remote learning
- how to use catch-up funding to address gaps in knowledge
- lost leadership capacity due to coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances
Further information on the support available, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found in the guidance on school leadership support.
Getting tested for coronavirus if you live or work in Liverpool
Regular testing is now available to everyone living or working in the city of Liverpool, including children and adults who do not have symptoms.
Testing is being carried out at sites across the city as well as in hospitals and care home settings, schools, universities and workplaces.
This is the first pilot of whole city testing in England, made possible by the dramatic increase in testing capacity and new technologies.
The pilot will help to inform a blueprint for how mass testing can be achieved and how fast and reliable coronavirus (COVID-19) testing can be delivered at scale, and is the first step towards rolling out mass testing more widely across the UK.
Full details on how to book a test and where to go to get tested can be found in the guidance on getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19) if you live or work in Liverpool.
Getting tested for coronavirus (COVID-19)
Anyone who displays symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can and should get a test. Tests can be booked online through the NHS testing and tracing for coronavirus (COVID-19) website, or ordered by telephone via NHS 119 for those without access to the internet.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms are:
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
Staff and pupils must not come into their education setting if they have symptoms and must be sent home to self-isolate if they develop symptoms. All children can be tested if they have symptoms, including children under 5, but children aged 11 and under will need to be helped by their parents or carers if using a home testing kit.
We have published a list of actions that early years, schools and further education colleges must follow in the event that a child or young person displays symptoms or if they confirm they have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19). The action lists are sector specific and print friendly. They can be accessed using these links:
The information below hasn’t changed since our last update
Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline – opening hours
The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education settings and children’s social care.
Please listen carefully to all of the available options before selecting the most appropriate option for your nursery, school, college or university.
Please select option 1 or 2 if you require specific advice on the action to take to respond to a positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your setting. This option will take you through to a dedicated team of NHS Business Services Authority advisors who will work through a risk assessment with you to identify close contacts and will inform you what action is needed based on the latest public health advice.
Please select option 3 or 4 for any other questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education settings and children’s social care.
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm
Look up your unique organisation number (UON)
If you have not received your unique organisation number (UON) for ordering new coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits you can can look it up using your unique reference number (URN) or your UK provider reference number (UKPRN) or by calling the Test and Trace helpdesk on 119.
Department for Education guidance
Our guidance to support education providers, local authorities and parents during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak can be accessed using the links below: