Employers asked to pay more under furlough scheme changes

29 May 2020

While the Government is currently paying 80% of workers' salaries up to £2500 a month for some 8.4 million workers under its furlough scheme, it has made clear that it cannot continue to provide this unprecedented level of support for an indefinite period.

Recording attendance during COVID-19 outbreak

29 May 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued updated guidance to reflect the changes in how attendance should be recorded following the reopening of some schools from 1 June.

Don’t wash fruit and veg with disinfectant

29 May 2020

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has recently urged people not to wash fruit and vegetables with disinfectant, explaining that using water alone can remove surface contaminants.

Ofqual confirms qualification arrangements

26 May 2020

In April, we reported on a consultation launched by Ofqual on how it should enable students to receive their qualification grades, given the problems caused by the COVID-19 pandemic (see “Views on exam grading and assessment needed urgently”).

Childcare attendance during lockdown

22 May 2020

Attendance at childcare settings is starting to increase ahead of the wider reopening of the early years sector, according to the latest data submitted through Ceeda's COVID-19 portal.

Councils are increasingly unhappy with school return date

22 May 2020

Government plans for more children to begin returning to school at the beginning of June (see “Phased wider opening of schools, colleges and nurseries”) have been criticised by trade unions and are coming under pressure from a number of local authorities.

Educational gaps are growing during lockdown

22 May 2020

With schools having been shut for most pupils since 23 March, a specially-designed online survey of over 4000 parents in England shows that children from better-off households are spending 30% more time each day on educational activities.

Scotland sets out plans to reopen childcare providers and schools

22 May 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that schools in Scotland will reopen on 11 August at the start of the new school year and an increased number of children will have access to critical childcare, as she unveiled a four-phase "route map" aimed at restarting society while suppressing the virus.