8th May 2020

It’s a bank holiday – and amazingly the DfE seems to have heeded it with no emails today of changes to content…she glares at the screen waiting for them to prove her wrong and ping another one through! That said, on Wednesday they sent no less than 16 emails in 25 minutes with changes. Fortunately, most appear to be cosmetic and duplicated.

I apologise to our NI, Scotland and Wales readers that I have still not been able to work out what is happening on your areas. I did come across some changes to the Welsh system which I posted on the Edukey – Provision Map Facebook group on Thursday evening (7th May).

DFE

OVERARCHING GUIDANCE FOR EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

ACTIONS FOR FE COLLEGES AND PROVIDERS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

7th May – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining- further-education-provision

Updated to include new sections on high needs funding for students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and traineeship flexibilities. It also includes updates on functional skills flexibility in apprenticeships and acceptance of confirmation emails for qualification achievement from awarding organisations.

ACTIONS FOR HE PROVIDERS DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

4th May – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/actions-for-he-providers-during- the-coronavirus-outbreak

New Publication – providing guidance on student number controls, e-learning process, student recruitment and support available.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) GUIDANCE FOR CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE SERVICES

6th May – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance- for-childrens-social-care-services

Guidance updated to reflect the temporary changes made in the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

COVID-19 INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL

No changes

SUPPORTING VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

CONDUCTING A SEND RISK ASSESSMENT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

7th May – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-send-risk- assessment-guidance

Updated to reflect the SEND regulations changes. Also added information about how the guidance affects children/young people with an EHC plan and a social worker and new information on how to keep staff and pupils safe and reduce the risk of infection in educational settings.

GUIDANCE ON SPECIFIC SUBJECTS

CRITICAL WORKERS WHO CAN ACCESS SCHOOLS OR EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

5th May – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-maintaining- educational-provision

Guidance title amended to help users find it. No change to the content.

REMOTE EDUCATION DURING CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

5th May – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/remote-education-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Added link to new content on ‘Remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)’.

CORONAVIRUS ONLY EDUCATION RESOURCES

6th May – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-online- education-resources

Updated to include information about how providers of high quality resources can be added to the list.

TRAVEL ADVICE FOR EDUCATIONAL SETTINGS

5th May – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-travel- advice-for-educational-settings

Guidance updated to advise British nationals against all non-essential international travel for an indefinite period.

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION

No changes

INITIAL TEACHER TRAINING (ITT) AND NEWLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS (NQTS)

No changes

OTHER THINGS TO BE AWARE OF: EDUKEY WEBINARS

SEND WEBINARS

The Edukey SEND Webinar series continues to be incredibly popular with over 7500 log ins to the live performances and more than 750 video views. If you’d like to view the videos pop along to the websites and have a look. You’ll also find answers to FAQs and if you require a pdf of the slides or a set of the links then email support@edukey.co.uk with your request.

SEND Webinars: www.provisionmap.co.uk/webinar

We are in discussion as to whether the SEND Webinars can continue, perhaps on a half termly basis, in the future.

WELLBEING WEBINARS

This week the Wellbeing webinar series began with the second session next week having an appearance from Bronn (as I had to look up who that was, not a Game of Thrones fan, the actor otherwise known as Jerome Flynn.). This too is proving popular with over 1100 tuning in.

Wellbeing Webinars: www.classcharts.com/webinar