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Weekly DfE Publication WC 11/05/2020

11 May 2020

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak


Information for parents and carers of children at registered childcare providers (including nurseries and childminders), primary and secondary schools and further education colleges. This is for both state-funded and independent schools.

This document will be updated as the DfE have further information available.


11 May 2020

Details on phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries

Press release

Schools, colleges and nurseries to begin to prepare to open to more young people from 1 June at the earliest, with protective measures in place


12 May 2020

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020


Latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020, including information on:


12 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings


This guidance is for education and childcare settings. It may be updated in line with the changing situation.


13 May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources


The DfE have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home.


These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.


The list includes subject-specific resources for:

They are currently being offered for free.


Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in this list are not intended to do so.


They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education, but they should not be used in place of existing resources which schools may be using as part of their continued provision for pupils’ education at this time.


Schools may also wish to explore this initial list of resources as they consider how they continue to support children’s education.


This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available to schools. We want to signpost to a broad range of high quality resources for teachers and parents. This list will be updated shortly to reflect recent applications from suppliers.



This website, including use of any content uploaded or linked through it, is subject to a disclaimer, copyright statement and detailed user terms. Please read them before using the DfE ‘List of online education resources for home education’.

Read the full DfE disclaimer.


Note that you use all content at your own risk. Resources made available through the lists are subject to third party terms and conditions and copyright law.


Access to resources is in most cases free of charge, but it is your responsibility to check whether you have to pay to view and/or copy specific content contained within the resources.


14 May 2020

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June


This guide is for those responsible for mainstream primary schools.

It should help school leaders prepare for extending their opening to include all pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6 from the week commencing 1 June, alongside priority groups (vulnerable children and the children of critical workers).

You should read this planning guide alongside the planning framework which helps school leaders and trusts to think through the high-level steps they might need to take to enable them to open their schools for more pupils.


14 May 2020

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak


Follow this advice if you’re a:

It explains what you’ll need to do during the coronavirus outbreak to maintain provision.


15 May 2020

Overview of scientific information on coronavirus (COVID-19)


The response draws on information from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and its sub-group the Children’s Task and Finish Working Group, as well as the broader advice from engagement with Public Health England.


15 May 2020

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak


This guidance is for providers registered with Ofsted and childminders registered with childminder agencies for children of all ages, including:

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