COVID-19 (corona virus) - latest advice
COVID-19 advice for educational settings
Page updated 8.00am 31st March 2020
31st March 2020 Added new safeguarding section, updated local area plan, early years, attendance, cleaning materials
27 March 2020 Added guidance on ‘COVID-19: safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers’ to the collection.
Guidance for educational settings on GOV.UK
All Government coronavirus guidance for educational settings can now be found in one place on GOV.UK. Links to Government guidance around specific topics can be found on our pages below.
Detailed local and national guidance and advice
HR guidance for schools and their staff - Anxiety, self isolation, caring responsibilities, remote working
School Provision - Provision of school places to children of key workers and vulnerable chidren
Local Area Plan - What to do if you are not able to open, information about hubs
The School Day - What are you expected to deliver, what is happening with testing, staff well-being
Safeguarding - DSL cover, single central record, mental health, LAC
Health & Safety - What to do if children fall ill, protective clothing, social distancing and first aid
Transport - The current situation with home to school transport
Early Years - Guidance for nurseries and childminders
Free School Meals - FSM providers, vouchers
SEND - Children with EHC plans, annual reviews, EHC needs assessments
Attendance - DfE returns, abscence recording
Finance - purchasing cards
Miscellaneous - Budgets, product supplies
Thank you letter to Teachers - Gavin Williamson
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
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)
Please note: opening hours have been extended to cover weekends and the DfE are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.
If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the hotline.
Business continuity planning
Advice and templates for resilience policies and Business Continuity Plans are available in our emergency planning guidance page. (Login required)
Government Coronavirus action plan
This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.
Handwashing and other public advice
The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.
The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here: