Latest Department for Education COVID-19 Resources

Department for Education

The Department of Education has a provided a range of resources to support educational professionals over the coming weeks and months. The list below summarises the support and advice available to date. For more information visit the DfE page by clicking here.


For more information or direct advice and guidance please contact the DfE helpline on 0800 046 8687. Opening hours are 8am – 6pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 4pm Saturday and Sunday.

Funding to cover extra costs

Additional funding available for schools is available to cover the unique challenges and financial costs of the coronavirus outbreak. This new funding will be provided on top of the core funding allocations for the 2020-21 financial year and will cover specific costs incurred as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Educational resources to support remote learning

To help you with remote lesson planning and support learning at home, the DfE has published a set of high-quality resources, which will be updated over time.

Free school meals arrangements

The DfE has now published new guidance that explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils for free school meals have continued access where the pupil is not attending school.

Where to find more updates and guidance

The most recent coronavirus updates for schools on the main GOV.UK page, which includes overarching guidance in the form of a Q&A, alongside further details on:

  • educational provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers
  • the closure of educational settings
  • the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels
  • travel guidance
  • social distancing in education and childcare settings

Ofqual have also published their guidance on summer grades.

Updates and Latest Documents

As of the 7th of April 2020 the following updates and resources have been provided by the DfE. To keep up to date with information please follow this link and sign up to their RSS feed.

  1. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings
    • 7 April 2020 | Collection | Cabinet Office, DfE and PHE
  2. Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)
  3. Extra support for schools and parents to help cope with coronavirus
    • 7 April 2020 | Press release |DfE
  4. Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings
  5. Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school meals guidance
  6. Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for schools
  7. Coronavirus (COVID 19): online education resources
  8. Coronavirus (COVID-19): apprenticeship programme response
  9. 14 to 19 technical and applied qualifications: technical guidance
    • 6 April 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  10. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children’s social care services
    • 3 April 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  11. Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020
  12. Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closures
  13. Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision
  14. Schools financial value standard (SFVS)
  15. Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual
    • 3 April 2020 | Correspondence | DfE
  16. Coronavirus (COVID-19): attendance recording for educational settings
    • 3 April 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  17. Higher education provider data: Business and community interaction: 2018 to 2019
    • 3 April 2020 | Official statistics | DfE, HESA and BEIS
  18. Keeping children safe in education
  19. The risk protection arrangement (RPA) for schools
    • 2 April 2020 | Detailed guide | DfE
  20. Higher education provider data: finance 2018 to 2019
    • 2 April 2020 | Official statistics | DfE and HESA
  21. Coronavirus (COVID-19): early years and childcare closures
  22. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people
  23. Schemes for financing schools
  24. Induction for newly qualified teachers (NQTs)
  25. Coronavirus (COVID-19): induction for newly qualified teachers
  26. DfE and executive agency spend over £25,000: 2019 to 2020
  27. Children looked after return 2019 to 2020: technical specifications
    • 1 April 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  28. Children looked after return 2019 to 2020: guide
    • 1 April 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  29. Children looked after return: guide to submitting data
    • 1 April 2020 | Detailed guide | DfE
  30. Children in need census 2019 to 2020: specification
    • 1 April 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  31. Children in need census 2019 to 2020: guide
    • 1 April 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  32. Children in need census: guide to submitting data
    • 1 April 2020 | Detailed guide | DfE
  33. Initial teacher training (ITT): provider closure and withdrawal of ITT accreditation
  34. Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers
  35. Department for Education: exceptions to spending controls
    • 31 March 2020 | Transparency data | DfE
  36. T Levels capital fund
    • 31 March 2020 | Guidance | DfE
  37. New school proposals
  38. Providers: governance leadership and clerking development
  39. Voucher scheme launches for schools providing free school meals
    • 31 March 2020 | Press release | DfE
  40. Subject knowledge enhancement: an introduction
    • 30 March 2020 | Detailed guide | DfE and NCTL


It has been an unprecedented time for the whole world let alone the education profession. It is great to see so much support being mobilised by the Government to support teachers and pupils across the country.

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