Education announcements during COVID-19 pandemic
Last updated: 28 May 2020
Reopening of schools
Department for Education guidance on actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1st June 2020. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings is also provided.
Northern Ireland: Latest education updates.
Scotland: Latest guidance for local authorities and schools.
Wales: Latest updates on school opening times and services from the Welsh Government.
Exam cancellation and resources for remote learning
Updates from DfE, exam boards and regulating bodies for teachers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales:
CCEA have produced FAQs for GCSEs and A levels, and will continue to update via their website. CCEA are working with awarding organisations, regulators and the wider sectors to develop an approach for vocational and technical qualifications.
Department for Education (England) have collated a set of online education resources for schools and parents to help children learn at home, including maths and science. General guidance and advice for staff parents and carers, pupils and students can be found in this collection. education settings School or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams will not be published in 2020.
Education Scotland are working to support practitioners while schools are closed. The National Improvement Hub now has support for developing online opportunities for remote learning including early learning, the sciences, and staff health and wellbeing.
The Welsh Government has information online on education and Stay Safe. Stay Learning: supporting the education system. With resources available from the national learning platform, Hwb.
Eduqas will contact schools and colleges in April to provide further details on submitting grades. Further information will be provided on their website.
OCR ask teachers to ensure they provide an email accessible at home and at school, and have summarised Ofqual's announcements regarding awarding of grades. Support pages have been published for teachers, students, exam officers and assessment specialists; with blogs on home learning resources written by subject advisors. OCR has confirmed the arrangements for Cambridge Technicals grades this summer.
Ofqual announced their plans for awarding grades following cancellation of the 2020 exam series in England. There is updated information for students and schools and colleges, guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers, and Information for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on the submission of Centre assessment grades.
Ofqual has published a blog on making grades as fair as they can be: advice for schools and colleges and additional information for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on objectivity in grading and ranking.
Ofqual GCSE and A level consultation outcomes and autumn exam series proposals are now online.
Qualifications Wales / Cymwysterau Cymru ask those responsible for an exam centre to ensure lines of communication remain open between the centre and awarding bodies they work with, and will update via their website. With additional updates also online.
SQA has provided an update on the evidence-based judgements that will help inform certification at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. Advice is also provided to colleges assessing HNC, HND, NC NPA and NQ units. SQA has published its approach for awarding grades.
SQA encourages all candidates to sign up to MySQA as a direct way to receive their results.