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Coronavirus (COVID-19) test kit delivery schedules for schools and colleges

Delivery schedules for the week commencing Monday 26 April are now available on the document sharing platforms. For secondary schools and further education colleges, a provisional schedule for week commencing Monday 3 May is also available. The schedule for next week will be updated with confirmed delivery dates by Monday 3 May. Please check the published delivery schedule prior to contacting the helpline in relation to expected timescales for receipt of deliveries. Please wait for 48 hours after a scheduled delivery date before contacting the helpline. You should encourage staff and pupils to use all the test kits they have already received before being issued with additional packs of test kits.

The delivery schedule for primary schools and maintained nurseries is available on the primary schools document sharing platform.

The delivery schedule for secondary schools, further education colleges, independent training providers and adult community learning providers is available on the secondary schools document sharing platform.

If you are likely to run out of test kits before the expected delivery date, please contact our helpline on 0800 046 8687 and ask for us to arrange for your order to be brought forward.

In the event you run out of test kits, an emergency order can be placed, also through the helpline. Most schools and colleges that have placed an emergency order will receive their delivery within two working days.

Ordering test kits for Private, Voluntary and Independent (PVI) Nurseries

The process for how PVI nurseries order test kits is changing from Thursday 29 April. We are introducing a new online system for ordering test kits for testing at home. This means that you will be able to re-order test kits and better manage stock levels and deliveries to your nursery.

PVI nurseries will automatically receive a delivery of testing kits on Thursday 6 May, Friday 7 May or Monday 10 May. This delivery will be the final automatic delivery and should provide you with sufficient testing kits to last until the end of May. After this you will need to use the new ordering system to order further test kits.

You will receive a welcome email in the next few days containing your Unique Organisation Number (UON). You can also find your UON using the unique organisation number lookup form. Your UON will enable you to place orders for test kits using the new online ordering system.

Please consider your current stock level and your testing demands before placing any order to ensure that the order you place meets your testing needs. You can order your testing kit supplies using the order coronavirus (COVID-19) tests for your organisation online form. For further information on how to place an order, please refer to the ordering guidance available on the primary schools and nurseries document sharing platform.

Visiting therapists and other health professionals to support those with special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Given the importance of therapists (e.g. speech and language, physiotherapy, occupational therapy) and other health professionals in supporting children and young people with SEND, we would like to remind settings of the published guidance for schools and further education which makes clear that specialists, therapists, clinicians and other support staff for pupils and students with SEND should provide interventions as usual. They can move between settings but should ensure that they minimise contact and maintain as much distance as possible from other staff. Such specialists will be aware of the PPE most appropriate for their role.

We encourage you to work collaboratively with your local authority, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and health providers, as well as with young people and their families, to ensure that children and young people with SEND have access to appropriate therapies and support.

You can use the AY 20/21 catch-up premium, the AY 21/22 recovery premium and pupil premium funding to support disadvantaged children and young people’s wider needs if required.

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) coronavirus (COVID-19) support guide is clear that interventions, including those focused on aspects of learning such as behaviour or pupils’ social and emotional needs, are likely to be important to support those who have fallen furthest behind.

Have your say and help shape the Department for Education’s future school policy on education recovery

On behalf of the Department for Education, Ipsos MORI, an independent research organisation, is conducting research in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and the Centre for Education and Youth about how schools are supporting pupils’ learning in the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We would like to hear from primary and secondary school leaders across the country to better understand:

·         schools’ strategies for recovery

·         the challenges faced

·         future needs for responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) and supporting pupils’ learning.

If your school has received an invitation, please do take part in this anonymous survey which will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

For further information please contact us at SRSstudy@ipsos.com.

National Tutoring Programme – Subsidised Tutoring Available

All state-maintained schools can access tutoring subsidised by 75% through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP), to support pupils (aged 5 to16) who need extra help. The NTP aims to ensure that high quality tutoring is available in all parts of the country to disadvantaged pupils who need the most support to catch up.

Schools can search for approved NTP Tuition Partners and enquire directly with providers. This includes specialist provision for supporting students with SEND. 26 of our 33 providers are able to support students with SEND including 17 providers who are able to support students in special school settings.

To see NTP in action, please see our latest school story.

The NTP are running information webinars for all state-maintained schools, where you can hear directly from Tuition Partner organisations and learn about the subsidy:

·         East of England – Thursday 29 April at 4pm

·         DfE catch-up webinar – Tuesday 4 May at 4pm

Updated guidance on exam centre responsibility for students retaking qualifications from summer 2020

We have updated our guidance on exam centre responsibility for students retaking qualifications from summer 2020 to explain responsibility for entering students for exams or alternative arrangements to exams and how the cost of fees will be covered.

Updated guidance on the catch-up premium

We have updated the catch-up premium: coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance to provide information on carrying funding forward beyond this academic year and plans for Ofsted monitoring during the summer term.


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.

Private, voluntary and independent nurseries do not need a UON.

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

·         Guidance for special schools and other specialist settings