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Guidance: Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak

Department For Education

October 16
11:04 2020

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Follow this advice if youre a:

  • post-16 further education (FE) provider
  • FE college
  • sixth form college
  • other FE provider

The advice explains what youll need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak to maintain provision.

Published 23 March 2020
Last updated 16 October 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated guidance on local outbreaks and shielding or self-isolation.

  2. Added information for colleges on reporting actual or suspected cases through the education setting status form.

  3. Updated the section on managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) and what to do if a student is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

  4. Added updated version of 'What to do if a student is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19)'.

  5. Added 'What to do if a student is displaying symptoms ofcoronavirus (COVID-19)'.

  6. We have updated content on implementing risk assessments, face coverings, ventilation, managing confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19), managing local outbreaks, public transport, music, performing arts and physical activity, remote and blended learning, health and safety and equalities duties, educational visits, the 16 to 19 tuition support fund and funding audits.

  7. Added guidance on supporting vulnerable young people and specific advice for learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to 'What FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term'.

  8. Updated guidance on what FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term to confirm that from 13 July, providers can welcome back priority 19+ learners.

  9. We have added guidance on what FE colleges and providers will need to do from the start of the 2020 autumn term.

  10. We have updated the wording to reflect the changes following publication of PPN 04/20 effective from 1 July to 31 October 2020. PPN 04/20 updates and builds on provision in PPN 02/20 that expires on 30 June 2020. The changes are minor and include transition planning.

  11. We have added additional wording to clarify that we would not normally expect adults to be included in the cohort returning to on-site delivery from 15 June and that providers can offer all learners under 19 years old a face-to-face meeting before the end of term, where it would be beneficial. We have also added information on the date traineeship flexibilities run from, supported internships, awarding of vocational qualifications and additional case studies in the toolkit for engaging vulnerable young people.

  12. Updated guidance to provide further information to plan for wider opening, including clarification on the total proportion of learners from eligible cohorts that should be in education sett

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