Where can I access the latest government advice and information?
- Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
- Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people
- Isolation guidance for residential educational settings
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020
- Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak
- Maintaining education and skills training provision: further education providers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidance
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEND risk assessment guidance
- Remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Modification notice: EHC plans legislation changes
- Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
- Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening
- Changes to the school exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- Awarding Qualifications in Summer 2020
- Full opening of schools
- Coronavirus: UK government response
- COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
- New Rules on Staying at Home and Away from others
- Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
- COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
- Domestic abuse – How to get help
- Family courts: making C100 applications
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): courts and tribunals planning and preparation
- COVID-19 guidance for children and families (CAFCASS)
- COVID 19: National Guidance for the Family Court (Message from the President of the Family Division)
- Coronavirus Crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders
- HMCTS telephone and video hearings during coronavirus outbreak
- The Remote Access Family Court
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for local authorities on children’s social care
When will schools and colleges reopen in full?
Plans have been unveiled for all children and young people to return to full-time education from September.
Current restrictions on group sizes will be lifted to allow schools, colleges and nurseries to fully reopen to all children and young people, as Covid-19 infection rates continue to fall.
Covid-19 secure measures will remain in place to reduce the risk of transmission, with schools being asked to keep children in class or year group sized ‘bubbles’ and encourage older children to keep their distance from each other and staff where possible. This is alongside protective measures such as regular cleaning and handwashing.
Guidance can be accessed here.
Will pupils still gain GCSE and a-level qualifications now that the examinations have been cancelled?
The Education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said that whilst no GCSE and a-level examinations will take place due to school closures, the aim will be for students to receive their results in August, as would normally be the case.
Ofqual will develop and set out a process that will provide a calculated grade to each student which reflects their performance as fairly as possible, and will work with the exam boards to ensure this is consistently applied for all students. The exam boards will be asking teachers, who know their students well, to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.
To produce this, teachers will take into account a range of evidence and data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessment – clear guidance on how to do this fairly and robustly will be provided to schools and colleges. The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment, and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student, which will be a best assessment of the work they have put in.
Students will be able to appeal – through their school or college – if they believe the process this summer was not followed correctly in their case; and centres themselves can appeal if they believe something systemic has gone wrong in relation to their results.
Guidance can be accessed here.
Students who are not happy with the GCSE and A-level grades they are awarded this summer will be able to sit exams in all subjects in the autumn.
What duty does the LA have to children with EHC plans?
The Coronavirus Act 2020 has temporarily amended the absolute duty to make the provision in an EHC plan (section 42 of the Children and Families Act 2014) to a ‘reasonable endeavours’ duty. This means that during the specified period the LA needs to do whatever it reasonably can to put provision in place.
Family law FAQ’s
Are the family courts closed?
Current guidance can be accessed here for all court and tribunal users.
The President of the Family Court has published guidance with respect to remote hearings.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, courts are experiencing significant delays. You are currently likely to have to wait more than 12 weeks for a first hearing.