Department for Education update – 24 September 2021

  1. The Children’s Commissioner’s The Big Ask…and The Big Answer

Earlier this year, The Children’s Commissioner asked all children in England to complete a survey, to show the true voice of this generation. The results are in and The Children’s Commissioner would like to say thank you. Over half a million children responded, the largest survey of its kind in   history, and at a landmark moment for young people growing up in this country. You can read the full report and use the resources to share the            results with your pupils and students.

  1. Reminder to complete the educational setting status form

Thank you to those schools and colleges that have been completing the educational setting status form from the start of your autumn term. If your             school or college has not yet submitted any information, please do resume completing the educational setting status form each day by 2pm.

We are asking you to continue to submit your attendance data daily throughout September, so we can monitor attendance in schools and colleges     after the summer break.

We have made some changes to the form to align with the latest guidance for schools and colleges, however, this does not impact the way that you complete the form. We have updated the questions on COVID-19 related absence and have added a new set of questions about managing           COVID-19 in your school or college.

Further information on completing the educational setting status form, including an updated set of attendance sub-codes, can be found in our      guidance.

  1. Guidance for parents and carers on the vaccination programme for young people aged 12 to 15

This autumn, all young people aged 12 to 15 are being offered a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Public Health England has updated its

page of resources for young people and their families with answers to some frequently asked questions.

Guidance and resources for schools are also available.

  1. Please continue to record all results from student and pupil onsite testing

Schools and colleges have now welcomed the majority of pupils and students back for the start of the autumn term. All pupils should now have completed two onsite lateral flow device (LFD) tests.

It is important all test results are reported. The asymptomatic test site (ATS) test results you reported on your individual school or college account        via the NHS Test & Trace log results website are used to calculate funding, so all results should have been recorded (both positive and negative      results), to ensure your setting receives the correct funding. If your school or college has not recorded the results from your onsite asymptomatic         testing following your pupils’ or students’ return, please record these now so that any funding can be correctly calculated for your setting.

Further information about how to register pupils and students, and how to record test results can be found in the green how to guide and the            digital handbook on the schools and colleges document sharing platform.

  1. Delivery of specialist one to one and group interventions for children and young people in education settings

We know that COVID-19 has impacted on delivery of specialist services in education settings and, as a result, many have adjusted their delivery        models during their recovery. We have worked with education and health partners, including the Royal Colleges and the Association of     Educational Psychologists, Chartered Society of Physiotherapists, Association of Colleges, the National Sensory Impairment Partnership, the          National Network of Parent Carer Forums and the Council for Disabled Children, to develop

guidance setting out the expectations for the delivery of specialist support for children and young people

  1. Grants for mental health training courses for senior leaders in schools and colleges

The Department for Education is offering a grant for a senior member of school or college staff to access quality assured training to implement an effective whole school or college approach to mental health and wellbeing in your setting.

Senior mental health lead training is relevant to all education settings, and courses are available to meet the learning needs and preferences of          senior leads, whatever their level of experience, type of setting or location. All state-funded schools and colleges are eligible to apply for a training         grant. Register now to receive notification of when the grant application process opens.

Further information on the grant, eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found in the guidance on senior mental health lead training.

  1. Ofsted’s independent review of tutoring

            Ofsted’s independent review of tutoring
Ofsted will carry out an independent review of tutoring in schools and 16 to 19 providers, following these terms of reference.

  1. Ofsted’s independent review of teachers’ professional development

            Ofsted’s independent review of teachers’ professional development
Ofsted will carry out an independent review of teachers’ professional development, following these terms of reference.

  1. Ofsted to review two education catch-up reforms

            Ofsted to review two education catch-up reforms
Ofsted has been asked by the government to carry out an independent review of two key catch-up reforms: tutoring and teachers’ professional   development.

  1. Darlington Tees Family Support October workshops

Please see attached document.

Department for Education COVID-19 helpline

The Department for Education COVID-19 helpline and the PHE Advice Service (option 1) is available to answer any questions you have about COVID-19 relating to education settings and children’s social care.

Department for Education COVID-19 guidance

Our guidance to support education providers, local authorities and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic can be accessed using the links below: