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21st April 2020

Reducing burdens on educational and care settings

To help reduce the burden on your setting at this time, we have cancelled or paused all but the most essential data collections, services, and requests from education and care settings until the end of June 2020.

Further information and a full list of data collection changes for the remainder of the academic year can be found here:

If you have any questions, please email

New guidance on the temporary extension of free school meals eligibility

We are temporarily extending free school meal eligibility to include children from some groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF). This guidance explains who is eligible and how schools can confirm eligibility and award free school meals.

The guidance can be found here:

Guidance for Tier 4 sponsors and for short-term study students

The Home Office has published guidance that sets out temporary policy concessions for Tier 4 sponsors, Tier 4 students and short-term study students in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This guidance includes information on student absences, distance learning, permitted study and extending short-term study leave for international students.

This guidance can be found here: