Coronavirus Information 13th November 2020

13th November 2020

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care – new guidance on aerosol generating procedures (AGPs)

It is vital that all children, young people and learners, including those with complex health or additional health needs, are able to continue with their education and care in their education or children’s social care setting where it is safe to do so.

We have updated our guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings to support those who require aerosol generating procedures (AGPs). This update includes information on:

  •          the type of AGPs that are commonly performed in education and children’s social care settings
  •          carrying out AGPs in education and children’s social care settings
  •          personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements

We know that all settings, children, young people and learners have individual needs and this guidance should be adapted to meet these individual circumstances, focusing on collaboration between education and care settings, families, local authorities and health providers.

It is important that settings and services continue to communicate clearly with parents on progress so that children, young people and learners who need AGPs can be supported to return to their setting safely.

Updated guidance for initial teacher training (ITT) providers

We have updated our guidance for initial teacher training (ITT) providers to confirm that it is for ITT providers to agree with schools if it is appropriate to remotely observe and moderate trainees’ teaching in school. We have also included links to resources that may be helpful in their discussions with schools on this subject.

Updated actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance on actions for further education colleges and providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on the national restrictions which came into force on 5 November. We have also included information on the appropriate use of face coverings outside of the teaching and learning environment and the measures that providers should take in the teaching and learning environment to ensure 2 metre social distancing.

Updated guidance on providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated our guidance on providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information about the extension of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the package of support available for those who have been made redundant on or after 15 October and guidance on the national restrictions that came into force on 5 November.

The information below has not 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: