Services & Information
Children and Education
Advice and guidance to help parents and carers to keep children safe online during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Young people's mentalhealth and wellbeing
Advice for parents and carers looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people.
The Essex Safeguarding Children Board(ESCB) has a dedicated Coronavirus hub, which aims to provide a single point ofaccess for anyone needing information and resources in relation to safeguardingchildren and young people.
New guidance providing information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams:
Consultation on autumn exam series 2021
The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) announced a two-week consultation on how an autumn exam series for GCSEs, AS and A levels should run this year.
Ofqual are keen to hear from students, teachers, exam boards and the wider education sector on the proposals, which include:
• the autumn series being open to any student who entered or who had intended to enter to take exams this summer
• holding AS and A level exams in October and GCSE exams in November/early December
• grades being determined by a student's exam performance only
• students being able to use the better of the summer or autumn grade
The consultation closes on 9 April 2021.
Secretary of State for Education issuesa second notice to disapply offences for non-attendance in schools during thecoronavirus outbreak.
For online educational resources for schools and parents to help children to learn at home visit:
Children eligible for freeschool meals will benefit from a national voucher scheme allowing them tocontinue to access meals whilst they stay at home. Schools can now provideevery eligible child with a weekly shopping voucher worth £15 to spend atsupermarkets while schools are closed due to coronavirus. Schools can continueto provide meals for collection or delivery themselves, but where this is notpossible, the scheme will allow schools to provide vouchers to familieselectronically, or as a gift card for those without internet access. Thevouchers can be spent on food at a range of shops including Sainsbury's, Tesco,Asda, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and M&S, with the Department working to get moreshops to join the scheme as soon as possible.
Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education. This includes updated information on the curriculum, afterschool activities, repeating a year for pupils, transport and keeping children safe online. Also amended and updated information on if its compulsory to send pupils to educational settings and education for children at home andspecial education needs.
Guidance has been published for higher education providers in England on when and how to reopen their campuses and buildings.
Remaining university students to return to
campus from step three of the roadmap
The Government has confirmed that all university students who have not yet returned to campus and in-person teaching will be able to do so from 17 May.
The timing aligns with step three of the government's roadmap, where restrictions on social contact and indoor mixing will be further eased. Progression to step three of the roadmap will be dependent on a review of the latest data and the impact of step two on the four key tests.
Upon return, all students and staff are encouraged to take three supervised tests (three to five days apart) at an asymptomatic testing site on campus, where this is available. Students will also have access to home testing kits throughout the summer term through both the government's offer of free rapid lateral flow devices tests twice a week and through the ‘University Collect' service.
Student Loan Information
Guidanceabout children supported through social care, with EHC plans or identified asvulnerable by their school or local authority.
The government has put in place a number of funding and financial measures to support organisations - both public and private - during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. These are intended to be temporary, timely and targeted, to support public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption. This guidance sets out the financial support that is available for different types of education, early years and children's social care providers in England.
Clarification that people on paternity and maternity leave who return to work in the coming months will be eligible for the Government's furlough scheme.
Page updated 04/05/2021