Please use this page for information and support. You will find DfE guidelines for schools and also tips to help you support your child if they are learning from home owing to household isolation or school/bubble closure.
Please be assured that safety measures have been put in place for our school reopening for the new term in September. This involves but is not limited to: sanitising stations around school and in all classrooms, extended drop off/collection times to support social distancing, regular hand washing, social distancing wherever possible, staggered lunchtimes to avoid large groups in the hall, no hall based assemblies, outdoor PE sessions, outdoor learning where possible, windows and doors open for ventilation, and a thorough and regularly reviewed assessment of risk.
Read our school Risk Assessment here:
Hands, Face, Space campaign
A new public information campaign has been launched ahead of winter to highlight how everyone can help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Yesterday the Prime Minister launched the ‘Hands, Face, Space’ campaign urging the public to continue to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid a second peak. In line with this we have produced a communications toolkit for universities in England, but which may be of wider interest. Consistent adoption of these behaviours is particularly important in places outside of educational settings which do not implement the wider protective measures in the system of controls set out in our detailed guidance:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is an easy virus to kill when it is on skin. It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Schools and other education settings must ensure that staff and pupils clean their hands regularly, including when they arrive, when they return from breaks, when they change rooms and before and after eating.
Responding to those with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms
It is vital that educational settings only ask children or staff to self-isolate and recommend they get a test if they develop symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). Those sent home to self-isolate, having been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, should only get tested if they develop symptoms themselves. If a person has been in contact with someone who has tested positive and is sent home to self-isolate for 14 days, then their household does not need to self-isolate, unless the person who is self-isolating subsequently develops symptoms. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste. The capacity of the NHS Test and Trace system must be protected for those with symptoms of the virus. Booking is essential for drive in and walk in test sites, and under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
In line with our guidance, the home test kits supplied to schools and colleges must be reserved for those who face significant barriers to accessing a test and would not otherwise get tested. The Department of Health and Social Care is emailing all schools and colleges with details of how to access additional test kits. An order may be placed each month for a number of kits proportionate to the number of pupils or students at your school or college.
No one with symptoms should attend their nursery, school, college or university. If anyone in your early years setting, school or college confirms to you a positive test for coronavirus (COVID-19), you should notify your local health protection team immediately. The health protection team will work with you to carry out a rapid risk assessment and identify the appropriate next steps.
Important information for schools on when to contact DfE’s helpline and when to contact your local Health Protection Team
Our guidance for full opening of schools sets out the process for managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community. If, after reading this guidance you need further information about coronavirus and school guidance, you can contact DfE’s coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline on 0800 046 8687. You can also contact this helpline if you have a general query about coronavirus (COVID-19) in your school or education setting.
To keep Public Health England’s local health protection team phonelines free for nurseries, schools, colleges and universities dealing with current or suspected outbreak situations, please only call your local health protection team when your setting becomes aware that someone who has attended has tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The local health protection team will advise what action is required. Usually, closure will not be necessary, but some groups may need to self-isolate.
Schools and further education institutions receiving a delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE)
Schools and further education colleges have been receiving a delivery of a small amount of personal protective equipment (PPE). This one-off distribution of PPE contains clinical face masks, aprons, gloves and visors, as well as the hand sanitiser needed to put on and take off PPE. The PPE has been provided free of charge by the Department of Health and Social Care to help build resilience across the education sector to respond to any suspected cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) arising in schools and colleges. Deliveries, which began on 26 August, have been packaged by Clipper and delivered by Royal Mail. Visors have been sent as a separate delivery from the rest of the PPE.
From today, schools and colleges that have not received their deliveries of free PPE will be able to notify the Department for Education using an online form. The form will be available from 10 to 30 September. Before completing this form, we ask that you first contact your local Royal Mail office to check for any undelivered parcels.
As set out in our guidance on safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care settings, PPE is only needed if a child, young person or other learner becomes ill with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms in school or college, and only then if a distance of 2 metres cannot be maintained. The symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.
The information below hasn’t changed since our last update.
Exam Results Helpline now available until 18 September
The Exam Results Helpline, delivered by the National Careers Service, has been extended and will now be available until 18 September to provide additional support to students and their parents as they consider their next steps. Callers to the helpline will have direct access to experienced careers advisers who can advise on the different options available to them including T levels, A levels, GCSEs, BTECs, apprenticeships and other vocational options. Support will also be available on topics such as clearing, university, gap years and the autumn exam series.
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 and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline by calling:
Please engage with your child’s class and class teacher via Seesaw! Learning is being posted weekly for all classes by their class teacher and your child should be accessing this and uploading their learning for their teacher to see. This is also a way for you and your child to stay in touch with your child’s teacher throughout this difficult time. Your child’s teacher should have sent you your child’s home learning code for them to upload their learning, if you have not received this please contact school as soon as possible.
If you are not able to access Seesaw please ring the school office to request a paper based learning pack instead, for your child to complete at home.
The Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub
The sector-led Oak National Academy has launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.
The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:
The BBC has launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.
BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:
EYFS Home Learning Packs can be found here.
KS1 (Year 1 and Year 2) Home Learning Packs can be found here.
KS2 (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6) Home Learning Packs can be found here.
Here are some helpful websites you can use at home to support your child’s learning:
- ABC Mouse – Reading, maths, science
- Academics – Games based on a range of subjects
- CrickWeb – Free, online educational resources and games
- Classroom Secrets – Free learning packs
- TTS – Free downloadable primary packs covering a range of subjects
- Robin Hood MAT – 7 weeks worth of learning projects
- Sparklebox – Free resources on a range of subjects
- World united – Free worksheets for children
- Hungry little minds – Simple, fun activities for under 5’s
- Oxford Owl – Phonics and reading games
- Early learn – Free to sign-up for one month
- ABCYA – Free educational games
- Great schools / WorksheetFun / All Kids / HomeSchool4Me – Free printable worksheets
- The De Ferrers Academy – Free digital books on a range of subjects
- BBC bitesize
- Homework Elephant – Covering a range of subjects
- Every school – Free resources on a range of subjects
- Top marks – Covering a range of subjects
- The Education Hub – Ideas for Apps/craft/virtual tours/Online resources/Podcasts
- TES – A range of free resources
- Twinkl – Free access to all Twinkl resources for schools and parents for a month
- Love My Books – Creative, fun activities to support children’s literacy
- Discovery Education – Free tool to make your own word puzzles
- The Reading Realm – Free home learning packs/book and library challenges/quizzes/discussion guides/games and stories written by children for children! You can also now draw/write your own stories, poems, reviews, diaries etc, in the app too
- IXL – All ages, database of resources
- Epic – Free 30-day trial – instant access to a range of books (age 12 and under)
- Audible – Free book with free 30-day trial
- Phonics Play – Free resources and a free trial
- Nessy – Help for children with Dyslexia – free trial
- Houghton Mifflin Books – Learning activities based on numerous books
- Elamentari – Write and code interactive stories – free access during school closures
- Solomon Kingsnorth – Free books in PDF, Word and audiobook format – Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
- British Library – How to make a mini book
- EFL – Rivet – Free app recommended for those learning English
- Open Library Access – Free
- Children’s books read online – Facebook
- Corbett math
- Mathster – Free worksheets
- Dr Frost’s maths – Free database of resources
- Khan Academy – Includes YouTube videos
- The Maths Mum “I’ll be running daily ‘live’ tutorials on my FB and IG feed covering maths topics and setting work for all primary school years. Also, regular Q&A sessions to help with any questions/problems” Maths Genie
- Number stacks – Free 14-day trial and resources
- Maths with parents – Free support with school closures
- Times Table Rock Stars – Free, full access for schools
- Bond Bonanza – Free App helping children to move away from counting numbers up to 20 to turn them into instantly recallable number bonds
- Mathletics – Free trial for school and home
- Maths Learn – Online tutorials for all ages
- First 4 maths – a few free worksheets (Yr 4/Yr6) to help engage children in maths at home – no login and all free
- My Mini Maths – (Yr 3, 4, 5, 6) Home learning packs ready to download
- Bedtime Maths – Fun, offline maths activities
- On Google – type in ‘Edinburgh Live Zoo Cams’ to watch the animals live
You can also access our Pupil Zone for further websites, please click the link below:
DfE Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students.
Launch of the Oak National Academy online classroom and resource hub
The sector-led Oak National Academy has today launched its online classroom and resource hub. The Academy offers 180 video lessons each week for schools to use, across a broad range of subjects. The lessons cover children in Reception through to Year 10 and are free to use by both teachers and young people.
The Oak National Academy can be accessed here:
Launch of BBC Bitesize
The BBC has today launched an education package across TV and online, featuring celebrities and teachers, helping to keep children learning at home and supporting parents.
BBC Bitesize can be accessed here:
Get help with technology and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Following the announcement by the Secretary of State for Education on Sunday 19 April, laptops and tablets will be made available to help the most disadvantaged young people access online learning and social care services. Young people and families eligible for devices must not already have access to one, and must be in one of the following groups:
Responsible bodies will need to work with schools to identify eligible young people, and then place an order through our website when it launches later this week. Where care leavers, children with a social worker at secondary school and disadvantaged children do not have an internet connection, they will also receive a 4G router.
Schools will be able to keep these devices once they’ve reopened, allowing children and young people to continue to learn and receive support at home in the future.
Any 16 to 19-year olds in education without a suitable device and/or connectivity to study remotely and whose family can’t afford these costs will also be eligible for support via the 16-19 Bursary Fund. Decisions on support will be made by education providers.
Funding and financial support for education, early years and children’s social care
We have published guidance that sets out the financial support that is available for different types of education, early years and children’s social care providers in England.
This guidance can be found here:
Special educational needs and disability (SEND) risk assessment guidance
We have published guidance on risk assessment for settings supporting children and young people with an education, health and care plan during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The guidance can be found here:
Guidance for schools on safeguarding and remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
We have published guidance to help schools and teachers understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
This guidance can be found here:
Guidance for parents and carers on supporting their children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
We have published information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Guidance on helping children aged 2 to 4 learn at home can be found here:
Guidance on helping primary school aged children learn at home can be found here:
Guidance on helping children with special educational needs and disabilities learn at home can be found here:
Updated guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings
The guidance for parents and carers on the closure of educational settings has been updated with additional information on the support available for parents, online educational resources and support for vulnerable children.
The guidance can be found here:
Guidance on supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
The guidance for education settings and local authorities on supporting vulnerable children and young people has been updated. This update includes clarification to the existing guidance on attendance.
This guidance can be found here:
The information below has not changed since yesterday.
Department for Education coronavirus 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
8am to 6pm – Monday to Friday
10am to 4pm – Saturday and Sunday
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) available when calling the hotline.
It is essential that everyone washes their hands more often, using soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing with soap employs mechanical action that loosens bacteria and viruses from the skin, rinsing them into the drain. Drying hands afterwards makes the skin less hospitable to the virus. Hand sanitiser can be effective if soap is not available or the situation makes using soap less feasible (i.e. when outside) but using hand sanitiser provides none of the virus-destroying friction that rubbing your hands together and rinsing with water provides.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found at:
The e-Bug project is led by Public Health England and has a dedicated webpage for learning resources on hand washing and respiratory hygiene.
Resources are currently available for KS1, KS2 and KS3 and can be used in various settings including schools and at home:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a statement on coronavirus.