- Covid-19 Information Hub
Guidance on Students Returning to Campus
- The Secretary of State has written to providers regarding vaccinations for young people and students, and has asked institutions to consider working with Public Health England to establish ‘pop up clinics’ for vaccination.
- The Department for Education has confirmed that twice weekly testing for staff and students will continue until the end of September, when this will be reviewed. Confirmation of legal agreements and cost recovery arrangements will be communicated separately by DHSC Test & Trace.
- New guidance has been released on how to get a COVID pass once you have been vaccinated.
- The Department for Education has released guidance for schools, colleges and exam centres on who should enter students for exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing.
- A student guide has been published on how GCSEs, A levels, vocational and technical qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2021.
- A reminder that the Government released updated guidance for higher education providers from 19 July.
- The Secretary of State for Health & Social Care confirmed the Government was moving forward with Step 4 on 19 July, removing almost all restrictions on business operations and social contact in England, and new guidance was published: ‘Coronavirus: how to stay safe and help prevent the spread from 19 July’. It was also confirmed that the Government is on track to offer all adults a vaccine by 19 July, and that a review of preparedness for the autumn and winter will take place in September.
- A reminder that the Government released updated guidance for higher education providers from 19 July. This includes that face masks will no longer be mandatory but that it is recommended they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces. It also includes updated information on outbreak management plans, testing, and new and returning students travelling from overseas.
- A reminder that NHS England published a Vaccination FAQs for students in higher education institutions.
- The Government published COVID-19 Response: Summer 2021 (Roadmap) which sets out the details of the final roadmap step (Step 4) for the transition out of lockdown.
- In relation to education it states: “the Government will change the controls that apply in early years, schools, colleges and higher education institutions to maintain a baseline of protective measures while maximising attendance and minimising disruption to children and young people’s education.”
- The Department for Education has released updated guidance for higher education providers, including additional operational guidance which applies from Step 4, and confirmation that there will be no restrictions on in-person teaching and learning in providers (including no requirement for social distancing measures). It also includes updated information on outbreak management plans, testing, and new and returning students travelling from overseas.
The document also confirms that there will be no restrictions on in-person teaching and learning in universities, and that the Department for Education will publish new guidance for arrangements in education settings from step 4, covering both the summer period and the following term.
- There is updated information on getting tested, even if your symptoms are mild.
- The Government has announced that Step Four of the Roadmap is paused for 4 weeks until 19 July. The vaccination programme will be accelerated in the interim period, including the second dose being brought forward to 8 weeks for the over 40s, and all adults aged 18 and over will be offered a first dose by 19 July. The Government has reiterated its approach of using data and its four tests to determine policy on reopening.
- NHS England has published ‘COVID-19 vaccination FAQs: students in Higher Education Institutions’, which includes that all 18+ students in the UK are eligible for a vaccine, including international students, and that international students should register with a GP.
- The Government has updated guidance on what you can and can’t do following the rule changes on 21 June, including changes to the restrictions on weddings and care home visits.
- The Government has released guidance for schools, colleges and training centres on how results will be awarded for vocational, technical and other general qualifications in summer 2021. Guidance for students has also been published.
A Vaccination Guide for Adults was released by Government for phase 2 of the vaccination programme.
- The Government has confirmed that all remaining students can return to in-person teaching on 17 May and there is updated guidance which brings existing guidance in line with Step 3 of the Roadmap.Before the remaining students return, they are encouraged to take a test either through home or community testing at least one day before they travel, and on arrival at their term time accommodation, all students and staff will be encouraged to take three supervised Lateral Flow Devices (LFD) tests 3 to 4 days apart at an on-campus asymptomatic testing site, and will be expected to be tested two times a week throughout the rest of the summer term.
Minister Donelan’s letter to providers
Minister Donelan’s letter to students
The Department for Education has also announced with the Office for Students the Graduate Employment and Skills Guide which brings together a broad range of tools, advice and resources into a five-step plan which will help pandemic graduates consider their post-university choices.
- A written ministerial statement and updated guidance on student returns in England were published late this afternoon. The statement confirms that, as expected, there will be no further student returns to in-person teaching until Step 3 of the roadmap (no earlier than 17 May). Students and higher education providers will be given a week’s notice of any further easing of restrictions and students should continue with remote learning until then.
- The Government will also be making an additional £15m available for student hardship this academic year.
- Universities Minister Michelle Donelan has written to all Accountable Officers to confirm the news and updated FAQs for students have been published on the OfS website.
- The Government earlier announced that twice weekly asymptomatic testing will be made available to everyone across England from 9 April, including HE students and staff. Anyone can now access free, rapid lateral flow tests (LFDs) for themselves and their families to use twice a week, in line with clinical guidance. Those who report a positive result will be asked to self-isolate and take a confirmatory PCR test.
- Updated Covid-19 communications toolkit containing key messages for students returning to face-to-face teaching at universities and HE institutions.
- COVID-19 Response – Spring 2021 (the roadmap).
- Guidance on students returning to Higher Education – click here to download the PDF file.
- Update on weekly mass testing
- INFORMATION Temporary removal of confirmatory PCR
- Students returning to campus
- Student Communications Resources for January
New guidance for end of term and the start of the Spring term
- DfE Letter to VCs – Critical workers in HE
- The Government has released the guidance for the end of term and Christmas period.
- The Office for Students has released an FAQs for students for the end of term.
- Communications pack – end of term arrangements
- New guidance for the start of January term
- Letter from Minister Donelan to International Students
- Government end of term resources
- Student Communications Toolkit – April
- New guidance and templates for outbreak plans for providers in higher education, including best practice for smaller institutions has been released. We encourage you to use these examples to support your own planning, and to identify the types of information most appropriate for you to collect and submit to NHS Test and Trace if you need. Read in full.
- Providers should also see the HE Action Card, which outlines the areas your outbreak plan needs to cover so that it can be sent to your local public health authority. If you meet these requirements you do not need to develop your plan with your local public health authority. Read in full.
General Covid-19 information and guidance
- Letter from Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
- Travel advice
- World Health Organisation: Novel Coronavirus
- COVID-19 early outbreak management
Letters from the Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan MP
- Letter from Minister Donelan – Higher Education Asymptomatic Testing Update
- Minister Donelan’s letter to Providers, 10 May 2021.
- Minister Donelan’s letter to Students, 10 May 2021.
- Ministerial letter on exams and HE admissions. Please note that the Devolved nations have confirmed the same results day for exams as England.
- Minister Donelan letter, 25 February 2021.
- February 2021
- Friday 20 March 2020
- Thursday 26 March 2020
- National restrictions letter to students
- National restrictions letter to VCs
Official guidance for education
- Office for Students – Advice for HE providers
- Department for Education – Guidance for education providers
- Department for Education – Guidance for schools and other educational settings
- Department for Education – Cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A Levels in 2020
- Department for Education – Travel guidance for education settings
- Department for Education – Higher education: reopening buildings and campuses
- Home Office – Covid-19 factsheet: visa customers outside of the UK
- Home Office – Covid-19 factsheet: visa holders and short-term residents in the UK
- Scottish Government: Additional Support for Business
- DfE – Key Workers in Education
- FE Guidance Update
- Restrictions lifted on self-isolation
- Creative of new households
- HEI Outbreak planning: Best practice suggestions
- HEI Micro and Small providers best practices
- LBU Coronavirus Outbreak Control Plan
- University of Nottingham Coronavirus Outbreak Response Plan
- HEI Outbreak planning: Best practice and common pitfalls
- HEI Practical Tips for HEIs managing outbreaks October update
- Best practice statement – Exercise during self-isolation
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies
- The Government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) discussed education in this month’s round of meetings.
Higher education staff, students and parents can contact the helpline in the following ways:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org