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

Department For Education

January 20
18:04 2021


This guidance will be updated shortly following the recent position statement on daily contact testing from Public Health England.

Follow this guidance if youre a:

  • post-16 further education (FE) provider
  • FE college
  • sixth form college
  • other FE provider
Published 23 March 2020
Last updated 20 January 2021 +show all updates
  1. Added information about updates coming shortly.

  2. We have updated the monitoring attendance section to reflect that colleges should now resume completing the educational settings status form.

  3. Added guidance for further education providers on restricting attendance and other actions to be followed during the national lockdown.

  4. Updated information on pregnant employees.

  5. Added new information on tier 4 restrictions and coronavirus (COVID-19) asymptomatic testing in colleges.

  6. We have updated the information on remote education and added new information about publishing your remote education offer. We have also changed the isolation period from 14 days to 10 days from the day after the individual tested positive. We have also updated the action list self-isolation information to 10 days from the day after contact with the individual tested positive (from 14 days).

  7. Updated guidance on ensuring access to education on-site for students who need it, the expectations for education provided remotely, examinations and assessments, qualification achievement rates and inspections.

  8. Updated the information for clinically extremely vulnerable staff and students.

  9. Updated guidance on the appropriate use of face coverings outside of the teaching and learning environment, safe behaviour off-site, residential providers and managing national and local restrictions. Removed the supplier relief guidance as that ended on 31 October.

  10. Updated guidance to reflect the most recent information, including the New National Restrictions which came into force on Thursday 5 November.

  11. Updated guidance on local outbreaks and shielding or self-isolation.

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

  13. 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).

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

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

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