This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19).
Responsibility for Autumn exams
We have updated the guidance on responsibility for autumn exams to include information about the support available for functional skills qualifications (FSQs). The guidance provides information on the responsibilities of schools, colleges and apprenticeship providers that offer FSQ exams; which FSQs are in scope; funding eligibility and booking alternative sites or invigilators.
The bookings service is available for FSQ exams until 31 December 2020.
Local restriction tiers
Local restriction tiers, where different restrictions apply in different parts of the country, came into force today in England. The National Restrictions have now come to an end.
The postcode checker can be used to find out the restrictions in your area or an area you plan to visit.
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: