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

Department For Education

April 6
15:45 2021


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 6 April 2021 +show all updates
  1. We have updated the information in the operational guidance on face coverings, educational visits and inspections. We have also removed out of date information in the exams and assessment section.

  2. We have updated our guidance to reflect the DHSC announcement that a confirmatory PCR test is required following a positive LFD test result in England.

  3. We have updated the operational guidance to set out our expectations for the summer term in line with the coronavirus (COVID-19) roadmap steps. We have also added new information on extra-curricular activity, sports activities and educational day, residential and international visits.

  4. Updated the FE coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance to remove references to 8 March and convert it to HTML to make it more accessible.

  5. Updated FE operational guidance on face coverings and on Ofsted inspections to bring in line with Ofsted guidance.

  6. Updates to the FE operational guidance to include changes to the sections on physical activity and sports, support for students who are unable to access remote digital education to include information on requesting free data and the 16 to 19 tuition fund. We have also updated the examinations and assessments section to reflect the announcement last week about awarding qualifications in 2021.

  7. Added the 'Further education coronavirus (COVID-19) operational guidance' which explains the actions FE colleges and providers will need to take from 8 March.

  8. Added 'Further education guidance for operation during the national lockdown: January 2021' and removed 'Further education guidance for restricting attendance during the national lockdown'.

  9. Guidance updated following the Public Health England statement on daily contact testing and to add information on supporting students with special educational needs in special post-16 institutions.

  10. Added information about updates coming shortly.

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

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

  13. Updated information on pregnant employees.

  14. Added new info

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