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National Lockdown January 2021

PLease follow the link below to access the latest  update for parents on educational settings during the COVID 19 outbreak - issued  19.06.2020.

Update 17.03.2020


New guidance for households with symptoms

Yesterday, the Government introduced new guidance on whole household isolation in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started
  • if you live with others and you or another member of the household have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. It is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14-day isolation period.

    Temporary suspension of Ofsted inspections

    Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.

    The current medical and scientific advice is for schools and other educational establishments to stay open. If this changes and the Chief Medical Officer and the Chief Scientific Adviser say closing schools, colleges, and early years settings is in the best interests of children and teachers the Department will take that step.

Update 16.03.2020


Current advice remains in place:


No education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Update (13.03.2020) to all early years, children’s social care, schools and further education providers:


To support the delay of the spread of the virus, the Department for Health and Social Care has asked anyone who shows certain symptoms to stay at home for 7 days, regardless of whether they have travelled to affected areas. This means people should stay at home and avoid all but essential contact with others for 7 days from the point of displaying mild symptoms, to slow the spread of infection.


The symptoms are:


  • A high temperature (37.8 degrees and above)
  • A new, continuous cough


You do not need to call NHS 111 to stay at home. If your symptoms worsen during your stay at home period or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online at If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.


Current advice remains in place: no education or children’s social care setting should close in response to a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 case unless advised to do so by Public Health England.

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline:


The DfE Coronavirus helpline is now available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to educations and children's social care.  Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:


Phone:                                                0800 046 8687


Opening hours:                8.00 am to 6.00  pm ( Monday to Friday)

Please see poster below regarding Advice on the coronavirus  for places of education.

Advice on the coronavirus for places of education

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs  and sneezes.


Wash your hands more often fro 20 seconds with soap and hot water.


Watch these    short NHS films for guidance - see links below