Coronavirus Information 30th October 2020

30th October 2020

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

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

We have updated the guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include the latest information on self-isolation and shielding, who needs to get a test for coronavirus (COVID-19), face coverings, assessment and exams.

Reopening of schools and colleges after the half term break

Schools and colleges should resume completing the daily attendance form on the first day that your school or college reopens after half term. You can get help if you have problems while using the form and information on completing the form can be found in our guidance on how to complete the educational setting status form.

As children and young people return after the half term break please follow the guidance for schools and colleges on what to do if you have a confirmed case of coronavirus (COVID-19). Schools and colleges should not request evidence of negative test results or other medical evidence before admitting children or welcoming them back after a period of self-isolation.

Get help with remote education

The get help with remote education guidance provides information and support for teachers and leaders on educating children during the coronavirus outbreak. We have added example lessons for remote teaching to help teachers adapt their classroom practice for remote education.

DfE are offering several school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice with school leaders, teachers and middle leaders in primary and secondary schools:

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: