Coronavirus Government Guidance | Furlough, Testing Frontline Workers & SEND Risk Assessment

This article has been brought to you by Slough Borough Council's Service Lead for People within the Finance and Resources Directorate, Surjit Nagra, for the attention of all headteachers.

This morning (20/04/2020) the Government has published the following schools related guidance since the close of business on 17/04/2020.  Visit the following link to see the announcement made by the Secretary of State on 19/04/2020.  This includes links and below is a range of guidance that includes added clarity around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in certain circumstances.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Financial Support for Education, Early Years and Children’s Social Care

In particular you will be interested in added clarity around the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme for furloughed workers as it applies to posts that are not primarily funded by the Government. Please click here for more information.

New Guidance for Schools and Teachers on Safeguarding and Remote Education During Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Understand how to follow safeguarding procedures when planning remote education strategies and teaching remotely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | SEND Risk Assessment Guidance

Guidance for special schools, specialist colleges, local authorities and any other settings managing children and young people with complex special educational needs and disability (SEND).

Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Getting Tested

This guidance outlines the types of workers that can now be tested. Click here to find out more information.

Updated Guidance

Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus outbreak. Guidance for education settings and local authorities about children supported through social care, with EHC plans or identified as vulnerable by their school or local authority.

Changes: Clarifications to the existing guidance including the actions to be taken for each group around their attendance or otherwise at an education setting.  DfE have not changed the groups included in the definition of vulnerable children.