Coronavirus Information 27th November 2020

27th November 2020

This is the first of two emails today to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

We would like to apologise for not sending an update yesterday. GOV.​UK experienced site-wide technical issues and we were unable to provide you with the links to our updated guidance. This information is now available so we’re sending this message now and will follow up with a further update later on today.

Updated guidance for education, childcare and children’s social care settings

We have updated our guidance for schools, further education, children’s social care services and apprenticeships to reflect the end of National Restrictions and how education, childcare and children’s social care settings should operate under the local restriction tiers. There are no substantive changes for settings to act on.

For schools we have clarified the position under the local restriction tiers for:

  •          face coverings
  •          transport
  •          educational visits
  •          music, dance, drama – performances
  •          physical activity in schools

For further education we have clarified the position under the local restriction tiers for:

  •          face coverings
  •          managing national and local restrictions
  •          safe behaviour off-site
  •          residential providers

For children’s social care services we have clarified the position under the local restriction tiers for:

  •          support for foster families
  •          access to respite care
  •          short break services
  •          restrictions on visitors/gatherings in residential settings
  •          mental health of Looked After Children and careleavers

For apprenticeships we have clarified the position under local restriction tiers:

  •          apprenticeship training and assessment can continue to be delivered under national restrictions and all local restriction tiers.

Remote education webinar for curriculum and subject leaders

English Mastery will be hosting a webinar for curriculum and subject leaders on making the curriculum work remotely. This webinar will focus on some of the difficult decisions curriculum and subject leaders have had to make this year to maintain curriculum integrity.

Register to attend the webinar which will take place through Zoom on 9 December 2020 at 4pm.

If you are unable to attend, a recording of the webinar will be available to watch after the live event through the Department for Education YouTube channel.

The information below has not changed since our last update

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

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 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: