Covid 19 Info - 15th March

This is your daily email to keep you updated on the government’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19). If you have colleagues who would like to receive this email directly, please ask them to use this subscription form.

Test kit supplies for primary schools, school-based nurseries and maintained nursery schools

You will need to use the contact us form to place orders for additional test at home kits to enable twice-weekly testing of staff to continue over the Easter period.

Orders placed before 5pm on Wednesdays will arrive the following week, after this time orders will be processed and delivered the subsequent week. Therefore, we advise that you place an order no later than 5pm on Wednesday 17 March to ensure delivery in week commencing Monday 22 March.

Further information on how to order additional test at home kits and details on the national testing policy can be found on the primary schools and nurseries document sharing platform.

Test kit deliveries for private, voluntary and independent nurseries

Private, voluntary and independent nurseries will have started to receive an initial delivery of lateral flow device test kits from Thursday 11 March, ready to commence the testing of staff from Monday 22 March.

If you have not received your initial delivery or have missing or damaged items, you can now report this to us.

Before submitting a report on missing deliveries, please check the delivery schedule published on the primary schools and nurseries document sharing platform for your expected delivery date. Please check whether you have received a “sorry we missed you” card, which will allow you to re-arrange your delivery. Please check with your colleagues whether the delivery has arrived as another member of staff may have accepted the delivery on behalf of your setting.

To report any missing or damaged items, please complete the nursery rapid testing delivery supply form. You will need your nursery’s unique identification number to complete this.

Webinar on qualifications

On Thursday 25 February, the Secretary of State for Education announced the package for alternative arrangements to exams for GCSEs, AS and A Levels, Vocational and Technical Qualifications and other general qualifications.

The Department for Education qualifications 2021 team is hosting a webinar on Wednesday 17 March from 1pm to 1:45pm to give you an opportunity to ask questions on the information that has been provided so far.

The webinar will involve a presentation from General Qualifications and Vocational and Technical Qualifications colleagues, followed by an opportunity for attendees on the call to participate in a question and answer session.

The joining link will be made available tomorrow in our daily update email.

Updated guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings

We have updated our guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to include a section on asymptomatic coronavirus (COVID-19) testing. This section provides information on how members of a household, childcare or support bubble of a primary or secondary-age pupil or college student can access twice-weekly testing.

Webinar on the National Tutoring Programme

The National Tutoring Programme (NTP) has been supporting disadvantaged pupils across England since November 2020. Over 4,000 schools and 100,000 children are now enrolled with an approved NTP tuition partner and over 1,000 academic mentors are now working in schools.

The NTP is hosting a webinar on Tuesday 23 March at 4pm, where you can hear directly from Tuition Partner organisations and learn about how to apply for this subsidy.

You can join the webinar using this link:

NTP Tuition Partners webinar for Schools – Tuesday 23 March at 4pm

To find out further information, or to find NTP tuition partners working in your area, visit the National Tutoring Programme website.

The information below has not changed since our last update

Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline and the PHE Advice Service (option 1)?is?available to answer any questions you have 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??

Please listen carefully to?all of? the available options before selecting the most appropriate option for your nursery, school, college or university.??

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 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:?? ?

·         guidance for early years and childcare providers

·         guidance for schools

·         guidance for further and higher education providers

·         guidance for local authority children’s services?