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.


      • 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

Advice for visa customers who need to apply for a passport

  • Advice for visa customers and applicants in the UK, visa customers outside of the UK and British nationals overseas who need to apply for a passport and who are affected by travel restrictions associated with Coronavirus.