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The education policy team aim to keep this page updated weekly with latest news from government departments, awarding bodies, and those responsible for regulating education across the UK. This guidance is intended for teachers and technicians of 5 - 19 biology in schools, but may also be of use to those in the higher education sector and others involved in education.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Reopening of schools

Department for Education guidance on actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1st June 2020. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings is also provided.

Northern Ireland: Latest education updates.

Scotland: Latest guidance for local authorities and schools.

Wales: Latest updates on school opening times and services from the Welsh Government.

BAMEed: guidance for schools produced in line with NHS staff guidance, including a risk assessment for BAME staff returning to work in schools.

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Practical activities at home and as schools reopen

CLEAPSS have produced guidance for teachers on practical activities for primary children attending school during a closure, managing hands on activities and suggested activities in a partially reopened primary school, and guidance for parents on carrying out practical activities at home. They have also provided advice for practical activities for pupils attending secondary school during periods of extended closure, doing practical work in a partially reopened school and guidance for science departments returning to school after a period of closure.

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Exam cancellation and resources for remote learning

Updates from DfE, exam boards and regulating bodies for teachers in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales:

AQA will update this page with details on plans for technical and vocational qualifications. Details of how grades will be awarded without exams for GCSE, AS and A levels has also been published.

Cambridge Assessment are monitoring the situation for International Schools worldwide, with help of regional teams, their website now includes FAQs for schools and support for teachers.

CCEA have produced FAQs for GCSEs and A levels, and will continue to update via their website. CCEA are working with awarding organisations, regulators and the wider sectors to develop an approach for vocational and technical qualifications.

Department for Education (England) have collated a set of online education resources for schools and parents to help children learn at home, including maths and science. General guidance and advice for staff parents and carers, pupils and students can be found in this collection. education settings School or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams will not be published in 2020.

A package of support including additional funding has been announced to help schools and parents.
Updated guidance on summer 2020 GCSEs, AS and A level grades for students in year 10 and below and for private candidates.
Actions for schools in England during the coronavirus outbreak
Department of Education (Northern Ireland) have published FAQs for schools, and will be updating this page with information as further details are announced.

Education Scotland are working to support practitioners while schools are closed. The National Improvement Hub now has support for developing online opportunities for remote learning including early learning, the sciences, and staff health and wellbeing.

The Welsh Government has information online on education and Stay Safe. Stay Learning: supporting the education system. With resources available from the national learning platform, Hwb.

Eduqas will contact schools and colleges in April to provide further details on submitting grades. Further information will be provided on their website.

OCR ask teachers to ensure they provide an email accessible at home and at school, and have summarised Ofqual's announcements regarding awarding of grades. Support pages have been published for teachers, students, exam officers and assessment specialists; with blogs on home learning resources written by subject advisors. OCR has confirmed the arrangements for Cambridge Technicals grades this summer.

Ofqual announced their plans for awarding grades following cancellation of the 2020 exam series in England. There is updated information for students and schools and colleges, guidance for teachers, students, parents and carers, and Information for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on the submission of Centre assessment grades.

Ofqual has published a blog on making grades as fair as they can be: advice for schools and colleges and additional information for Heads of Centre, Heads of Department and teachers on objectivity in grading and ranking.

Ofqual GCSE and A level consultation outcomes and autumn exam series proposals are now online.

Pearson Edexcel, BTEC will post regular updates on their Schools, Colleges and Higher Education support pages.

Qualifications Wales / Cymwysterau Cymru ask those responsible for an exam centre to ensure lines of communication remain open between the centre and awarding bodies they work with, and will update via their website. With additional updates also online.

SQA has provided an update on the evidence-based judgements that will help inform certification at National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher. Advice is also provided to colleges assessing HNC, HND, NC NPA and NQ units. SQA has published its approach for awarding grades.

SQA encourages all candidates to sign up to MySQA as a direct way to receive their results.

WJEC will contact schools and colleges in April to provide further details on submission of grades. Teaching resources have been put online by WJEC.

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