Coronavirus Information 20th October 2020

20th October 2020

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

Daily online attendance return to the Department for Education

Thank you for completing the daily educational setting status form.

Please note that if your school or college is closed for a half term break, you do not need to complete the form.

Please resume completing the form on the first day that your school or college reopens after half term.

Further information on when to complete the form can be found in our guidance on how to complete the educational setting status form.

Department for Education teaching blog: for teachers, by teachers

The Department for Education teaching blog is available to support you through coronavirus (COVID-19) challenges. We share best practice and advice on topics such as whole school wellbeing, remote education and minimising risk. The blog also celebrates teachers’ huge efforts to ensure continued education during this challenging time. Sign up to receive new blogs written by teachers.

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 4pm

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: