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Government Advice and Updates

Government Advice and Updates

For the over­all gov­ern­ment advice to the pub­lic, we sug­gest you vis­it the main gov­ern­ment coro­n­avirus page. It’s updat­ed reg­u­lar­ly and con­tains all the cur­rent advice and links to the lat­est infor­ma­tion for everyone

This can be used in con­junc­tion with the NHS main COVID-19 page, which includes all the lat­est health advice. This includes links to men­tal health resources as well as what can all do to help pre­vent the spread of the virus, pro­tect the NHS and save lives.

The gov­ern­ment has con­firmed that they will give us the flex­i­bil­i­ty to deliv­er meals or pro­vide shop vouch­ers to stu­dents enti­tled to free school meals if they are no longer attend­ing col­lege, either due to clo­sures or as a result of self-iso­lat­ing at home. 

We will be able to pro­vide meals or vouch­ers for super­mar­kets or local shops, which can be sent direct­ly to fam­i­lies who are either self-iso­lat­ing at home or whose schools are closed on gov­ern­ment advice. Final rates will be con­firmed in the com­ing days, but we have con­firmed that the vouch­er val­ue for each eli­gi­ble child will exceed the rate that schools are paid for free school meals, recog­nis­ing that fam­i­lies will not be buy­ing food in bulk and may there­fore incur high­er costs.

Helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.​coronavirushelpline@​education.​gov.​uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note, they are currently experiencing high volumes of calls. They appreciate your patience at this time and apologise for any wait that you may experience. To ensure that they answer your calls as quickly as possible they have now extended our opening hours to cover weekends.

Government links to further resources

Testing is now available to anyone with symptoms of coronavirus

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service. Anyone experiencing a new, continuous cough; high temperature; or a loss of, or change, in their normal sense of smell or taste (anosmia) can book a test.

A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://​www​.nhs​.uk/​c​o​n​d​i​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​c​o​v​i​d-19/

Essential workers in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland, can apply for priority testing through GOV.​UK. A coronavirus test can be booked here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​a​p​p​l​y​-​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​t​e​s​t​-​e​s​s​e​n​t​i​a​l​-​w​o​rkers

Further information on the NHS Test and Trace service can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​n​e​w​s​/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​-​l​a​u​n​c​h​e​s​-​n​h​s​-​t​e​s​t​-​a​n​d​-​t​r​a​c​e​-​s​e​rvice

Guidance on the NHS Test and Trace service for employers, businesses and workers can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​/​n​h​s​-​t​e​s​t​-​a​n​d​-​t​r​a​c​e​-​w​o​r​k​p​l​a​c​e​-​g​u​i​dance

Guidance on how the NHS Test and Trace works can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​/​n​h​s​-​t​e​s​t​-​a​n​d​-​t​r​a​c​e​-​h​o​w​-​i​t​-​works

Public Health England has published guidance that explains what you should do if the NHS Test and Trace service notifies you that you are a contact of a person who has tested positive for coronavirus and you do not live with that person.

The guidance can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​-​f​o​r​-​c​o​n​t​a​c​t​s​-​o​f​-​p​e​o​p​l​e​-​w​i​t​h​-​p​o​s​s​i​b​l​e​-​o​r​-​c​o​n​f​i​r​m​e​d​-​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​c​o​v​i​d​-​1​9​-​i​n​f​e​c​t​i​o​n​-​w​h​o​-​d​o​-​n​o​t​-​l​i​v​e​-​w​i​t​h​-​t​h​e​-​p​erson

Updated guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19)

On 22 June, the Government set out a series of steps for further relaxing shielding guidance which will come into effect on 6 July and 1 August, taking into account that coronavirus (COVID-19) infection rates have decreased significantly over the last few weeks.

From 1 August, the Government will be advising that shielding will be paused. From this date, those people previously shielding are advised to adopt strict social distancing rather than full shielding measures. Children who are clinically extremely vulnerable can return to their education settings if they are eligible and in line with their peers.

Where possible children should practice frequent hand washing and social distancing. The Public Health England guidance for people who are shielding has been updated to reflect the changes.

The full guidance can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Guidance on implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-implementing-protective-measures-in-education-and-childcare-settings

Updated guidance on keeping children safe online

The Government, Home Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, have updated advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include new information on apps to help children stay safe online.

The advice and guidance on keeping children safe online can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-keeping-children-safe-online

Updated guidance for parents and carers

We have updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges to clarify the position under the local restriction tiers for:

  • clinically extremely vulnerable children
  • face coverings
  • music, dance and drama performances
  • educational visits and trips
  • extra-curricular activities

We have also updated our guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include information on Ofsted inspections from January 2021.

We have also provided information on the arrangements for GCSE and A level exams in summer 2021, entry tests for selective schools, and assessments in primary and junior schools.

Guidance for parents and carers as schools and other education settings in England open to more children and young people can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​l​o​s​u​r​e​-​o​f​-​e​d​u​c​a​t​i​o​n​a​l​-​s​e​t​t​i​n​g​s​-​i​n​f​o​r​m​a​t​i​o​n​-​f​o​r​-​p​a​r​e​n​t​s​-​a​n​d​-​c​arer

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining-further-education-provision

Travelling safely during the coronavirus outbreak:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers

Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is to help employers and employees understand how to work safely and covers offices, labs and research facilities, construction and factories which may be relevant to some education settings.

The guidance can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​/​w​o​r​k​i​n​g​-​s​a​f​e​l​y​-​d​u​r​i​n​g​-​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​c​o​v​id-19

Public Health England has updated their guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Public Health England has published guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

The guidance can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​o​v​i​d​-​1​9​-​s​t​a​y​-​a​t​-​h​o​m​e​-​g​u​i​dance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing eligibility extended to help protect the most vulnerable

The government has announced that anyone in England showing symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) who has to leave the home to go to work, or is aged 65 and over, is eligible for testing along with members of their households with symptoms. This is in addition to all essential workers with symptoms. Testing can be booked through a new online system.

Guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available can be found here:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​c​o​v​i​d​-​1​9​-​g​e​t​t​i​n​g​-​t​ested

Information for schools, students and parents on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020 can be found from the Government at:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​g​c​s​e​s​-​a​s​-​a​n​d​-​a​-​l​e​v​e​l​-​a​w​a​r​d​i​n​g​-​s​u​m​m​e​r​-​2​0​2​0​?​u​t​m​_​s​o​u​r​c​e​=​5​5​e​3​3​4​d​1​-​a​b​a​8​-​4​b​4​b​-8142 – 0b90f1006770&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Updates on COVID-19:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​c​o​r​o​n​a​virus

Guidance for educational settings:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​c​o​l​l​e​c​t​i​o​n​s​/​c​o​r​o​n​a​v​i​r​u​s​-​c​o​v​i​d​-​1​9​-​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​-​f​o​r​-​s​c​h​o​o​l​s​-​a​n​d​-​o​t​h​e​r​-​e​d​u​c​a​t​i​o​n​a​l​-​s​e​ttings

Guidance for social or community care and residential settings:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​o​v​e​r​n​m​e​n​t​/​p​u​b​l​i​c​a​t​i​o​n​s​/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​-​f​o​r​-​s​o​c​i​a​l​-​o​r​-​c​o​m​m​u​n​i​t​y​-​c​a​r​e​-​a​n​d​-​r​e​s​i​d​e​n​t​i​a​l​-​s​e​t​t​i​n​g​s​-​o​n​-​c​o​v​id-19

Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas:

https://​www​.gov​.uk/​g​u​i​d​a​n​c​e​/​t​r​a​v​e​l​-​a​d​v​i​c​e​-​n​o​v​e​l​-​c​o​r​o​n​a​virus

Latest Department for Education information:

https://​twit​ter​.com/​e​d​u​c​a​t​i​o​n​govuk

https://​www​.face​book​.com/​e​d​u​c​a​t​i​o​n​g​ovuk/

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