Coronavirus Information 26th October 2020

26th October 2020

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

Lesson plans: examples of schools adapting teaching practice for remote education

We are continuing to work with schools to understand how they are adapting their teaching practice for remote education. Schools have shared a range of lesson plans annotated with tips and ideas they have found useful when teaching remotely.

These lesson plans are an optional resource designed to help teachers consider how they might adapt their teaching practice for the remote context. The examples are intended as a source of ideas, not as teaching resources or lessons the Department for Education expects schools to teach. They do not reflect departmental endorsement of any particular approach to remote teaching and we do not expect teachers to create formal lesson plans.

We appreciate that it is half term for some schools and want to emphasise that there is no expectation that teachers will engage with this optional resource during the school holidays. We have decided to publish these plans now to support anyone looking for help in preparing for remote delivery at this time.

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: