COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - latest advice

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - education settings

Priority covid 19 testing for essential workers

The council has now registered with the National Employers’ Referral Portal to offer priority Covid-19 testing for ‘essential workers’ where:-

  1. They are self-isolating because they have Covid-19 symptoms or a member of their household has Covid-19 symptoms;
  2. They have been unable to get a test through the NHS website;
  3. They meet the criteria of an ‘essential worker’ – which includes education and childcare workers, including support and teaching staff, social workers and specialist education professionals.

This is how it works:

  • The member of staff makes a request for a priority test to their manager;
  • The manager completes the relevant form on the Service Now Portal to request the test, then emails it to the HR Service Desk. The simple form asks for name, SAP number and mobile number and approval that they are an essential worker;
  • The HR Service Desk will refer the employee’s details to the NHS Priority Testing Site;
  • The employee will receive a text message with a link to the test booking page and a verification code.

For Maintained Schools’ staff - would you kindly cascade this message to your staff. 

For Academy Schools’ staff - as Buckinghamshire Council is not the employer, staff will not be able to access the priority testing through the council. However, if you are an Academy and would like advice on how to enable your staff to use the priority testing system, the council is happy to help – email your request to

Please contact if you have any questions.


Trauma webinars delivered by Louise Bomber

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Buckinghamshire and national guidance and advice

Connecting Bucks Schools Keeping teachers across Buckinghamshire (and beyond) connected.

Business continuity planning

Advice and templates for resilience policies and Business Continuity Plans are available in our emergency planning guidance page. (Login required)

Business Continuity Plan template


Guidance on GOV.​UK

The government guidance is being updated daily and we will endeavour to keep these pages as current as possible during this time.

If you cannot find the information you need in the following documents, please do contact us.

School attendance: guidance for schools - GOV.UK ( – 2 March 2021

Covers registers and attendance codes (including circumstances due to coronavirus (COVID-19)), school hours and term dates, and improving school attendance.

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak - GOV.UK ( – 6 April 2021

Actions schools will need to take from 8 March

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK ( - 5 March 2021

What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Schools coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance – 6 April 2021

Special schools and other specialist settings: coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK ( – 6 April 2021

Mass testing for secondary pupils as all schools and colleges fully reopen from 8 March - GOV.UK ( 

Schools and colleges to reopen to all pupils from 8 March with asymptomatic COVID-19 testing in place

Ofsted inspections to be done remotely - GOV.UK ( 

All planned inspection activity will be carried out remotely until March 8 at the earliest

Education inspections in the summer term - GOV.UK 

Catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19) - GOV.UK ( - 6 April 2021

Find out which schools are eligible, what the funding is for, when payments will be made and how funding can be used to help pupils catch up on missed education

Department for Education coronavirus helpline

You can call the DfE if you cannot find the information you need online. Call the DfE coronavirus helpline if you have a query in England about:

  • early years including nurseries
  • schools
  • colleges
  • universities
  • children’s social care

If you work in a school, you’ll need your unique reference number (URN or UK PRN) when you contact DfE.

DfE coronavirus helpline
Telephone: 0800 046 8687
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm
Find out about call charges

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