Education & Skills

Help primary school children continue their education during Coronavirus

  • Advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children.

Opening of schools

  • From the beginning of the autumn term, the Department for Education (DfE) will expect all pupils, in all year groups, to return to school full-time. Information on what parents and carers need to know about the opening of schools is available.

Further and Higher Education

Actions and information for Further and higher education: Coronavirus.

  • What colleges and universities and other providers need to do during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Higher education restructuring regime

  • A scheme for higher education providers in England facing financial difficulties as a result of coronavirus


Information for schools, students and parents on how:

  • GCSE;

  • AS;

  • A level;

  • vocational; and

  • technical qualifications

will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.

T Level industry placements

  • New package of support to help employers and Further Education (FE) providers deliver high-quality T Level industry placements.

  • The additional support and guidance includes:

    • new guidance setting out the key roles and responsibilities for providers and employers around industry placements, including a guide for students to help them prepare for their placement;

    • additional delivery models for industry placements in the Construction and Engineering & Manufacturing routes, to reflect modern practices;

    • modified delivery targets for Capacity and Delivery Fund placements to reflect the impact of the coronavirus on employers; and

    • an extension of both the Employer Support Fund pilot and the Employer Support Package also in response to Coronavirus.

The Skills Toolkit

The Skills Toolkit is a free online learning platform to boost workplace skills during the Coronavirus outbreak and beyond.

  • High quality, flexible courses in digital and numeracy skills to support learning.

  • Courses on offer will help people gain skills that employers demand and help kick start the country’s economic recovery.


  • This video from the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) takes employers through the new measures relating to breaks in learning that were recently detailed in the apprenticeship programme response to Coronavirus document.

  • Advice for Tier 2, 4 and 5 visa sponsors in the UK who are sponsoring those affected by Coronavirus.

  • The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education has issued guidance for employers and apprentices.

Guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations about changes to apprenticeships due to coronavirus

Version three of the guidance focuses on:

  • Further information on calculating wages for furloughed apprentices

  • Clarification that a furloughed employee can start an apprenticeship

  • Information on collecting signatures

  • Additional content on flexibilities of end-point assessment

  • Flexibilities for English and Maths functional skills for Intermediate (level 2) apprentices

  • Flexibilities on qualification certification

ESFA post-16 provider relief scheme (July to October 2020)

  • Information about support available for post-16 training providers during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Tier 4 sponsors, migrants and short-term students