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10th July 2020

Recording of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s address to school leavers

Today, 43,000 people joined the Prime Minister’s live address to all school leavers congratulating them on reaching the end of their final year at school. A recording of the address is now available to view on Facebook and YouTube.

Behaviour and attendance checklist for school leaders to support full opening

We have published a behaviour and attendance checklist to assist school leaders and staff in preparing to welcome back all pupils full-time from the beginning of the autumn term. It is a tool for schools to support the re-engagement of pupils and the return to orderly and calm environments in which all pupils can achieve and thrive.

School leaders can use the checklist to develop their own plans, in a way that works for their pupils’ needs and school context.

The tool is intended for mainstream schools and has been developed by the Department for Education with input from the Department’s Lead Behaviour Adviser, Tom Bennett, and the behaviour adviser team.

Updated guidance on the financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

We have updated our guidance on the financial support available for education, early years and children’s social care to provide information on the changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS).

Ofsted guidance on phased return to inspections

Ofsted has published guidance for nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges about their phased return to inspection. On Monday, Ofsted announced that they will be carrying out a phased return to inspection, starting with an interim period of visits during the autumn term. Ofsted intend to resume full inspections in January 2021, and are keeping the exact timing under review.

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have announced that they will visit local areas to help improve their special education needs and disabilities (SEND) systems following the disruption of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Ofsted and CQC will work collaboratively with local areas to understand the experiences of children and young people with SEND and their families during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and to support local areas to prioritise and meet their needs.