In this issue
COVID-19: Updated education setting guidance, stay at home guidance and social distancing guidance
Home learning activity to inspire children to care for the environment
Our Voice Matters survey
Additional school aged Emotional Literacy Support Assistant (ELSA) training - Summer 2020
Inside Active Schools - March newsletter
DfE and national updates for schools
Foreword from Liz Mills
Latest newsletters

SEND Bytes - Issue 25

Education Safeguarding Team Update - March
MyReward Bulletin - March
National guidance on health protection in schools
Inside Active Schools newsletter - March 
SEND newsletter

DfE and national updates for schools


Schools, colleges and early years settings to close;
After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Schools and colleges are being advised against all overseas trips for children under 18 until further notice. ‘COVID-19: travel guidance for the education sector’ has been added to the central guidance page.

Ofsted is to temporarily suspend routine inspections of schools, colleges, early years settings, children’s social care providers and local authorities to reduce the burden on staff who are providing vital services to the nation in response to coronavirus.


The list of approved academy sponsors has been updated.

Information on how to join the risk protection arrangement (RPA), instead of commercial insurance, has been updated.

Computing hubs offer local, tailored support to schools and colleges, to improve the teaching of computing and increase participation in computer science. The support offered to schools by computing hubs is free of charge for eligible teachers, or at reduced cost, and is funded by the Department for Education. All resources and online CPD are available at no cost to any teacher. Bursaries are available for eligible primary and secondary teachers to support participation in CPD.

The integrated curriculum and financial planning (ICFP) page has been restructured to make it easier to find tools, training and support and links have been added to additional guidance in the main content where relevant, instead of in the resources section at the end. ‘Fundamental equations’ and ‘supporting workbook’ have also been added.

A link to a previously published guidance document to clarify how users can apply has been added to the information on the behaviour hubs programme.


The 16 to 19 funding rates and formula guidance for academic year 2020 to 2021 have been published.

The section ‘Scope of the 16 to 19 funding model’ has been revised.

The programme cost weighting section and annex A have been updated with the new weightings for high-cost subjects.

There are new sections on:

• level 3 programme maths and English payment;
• the high value courses premium (HVCP);
• T Level industry placements;
• the condition of funding adjustment;
• T Levels.

Data Returns 

The statutory deadline for publishing gender pay gap data is fast approaching. Schools, academy trusts and further education colleges with 250 or more employees should publish their figures by no later than Monday 30 March 2020.

If you have 250 or more employees, you need to:

• ensure your organisation has a nominated individual registered with the gender pay gap reporting service
• start preparing your organisation’s gender pay gap information using these gender pay gap resources
• read the guidance on how to identify causes of the gender pay gap in your organisation
report your gender pay gap data ahead of the 30 March 2020 deadline for public sector organisations.