DfE and Early Years Bulletin update

DfE and Early Years Updates Tuesday 7th June  

Please find below, the sections for the information which is relevant to the Early Years Sector.

- Information on the early years experts and mentors programme

- A reminder on the deadline for returning unused COVID-19 test kits

 

 

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Today’s email includes:

·        information for schools on supporting pupils through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

·        information for early years settings on the early years experts and mentors programme

·        a reminder for all settings on the deadline for returning unused COVID-19 test kits

·        information about a webinar for parents on the COVID-19 vaccination

·        a reminder for all settings on contacting the Department for Education (DfE)

Supporting pupils this summer through the National Tutoring Programme (NTP)

There is still time to support pupils through the NTP. To find out how your school could benefit from tutoring this summer, view our how to guide and case studies.

This week we are running a series of one hour ‘drop-in’ sessions for schools to ask questions about using Tuition Partners and Academic Mentors. Please join by choosing the relevant link below. The link is the same for each time slot on your chosen day:

·        Tuition Partner theme – Wednesday 8 June at 7.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm

·        Academic Mentor theme – Thursday 9 June at 7.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm

You should continue to deliver tuition to pupils in 15-hour packages. To complete as many 15-hour packages as possible before the end of August, you may consider:

·        delivering more than one session to pupils per week or extending sessions to more than one hour, if appropriate

·        continuing tuition in July and August (for schools offering summer tuition)

·        allowing pupil swapping to increase the benefit of support to those pupils who need it the most. For example, schools could divide the 15-hour package between two pupils depending on need, with one pupil receiving 10 hours and the second pupil receiving 5 hours.

Information on the early years experts and mentors programme

The early years experts and mentors programme will support practitioners, leaders and whole settings through bespoke support, delivered face-to-face and virtually.

The offer will include:

·        leadership support

·        coaching for leaders

·        mentoring for practitioners

·        whole-setting support

The programme will roll out across England from September 2022.

You can self-refer by applying for support from the early years experts and mentors programme. Applications to receive support in the autumn term must be submitted by Friday 24 June.

If you would like more information on the programme, or to receive future communications on the programme directly, please email the early years team.

A reminder on the deadline for returning unused COVID-19 test kits

The UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) e-mailed all settings directly on Monday 23 May, to provide further details about what you should do with excess COVID-19 testing equipment.

If you have 4 or more unopened, undamaged cartons of either LFD ATS (onsite) test kits or LFD self-test kits that you would like to return, you should email UKHSA by Friday 10 June to arrange collection. (A carton means either 24 boxes of 25 ATS test kits or 56 boxes of 7 self-test kits.)

If you have any queries about how to return or manage your excess stock, please email UKHSA or call 119 for advice and support.

A webinar for parents on the COVID-19 vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccine is available for all children from 5 years-old. To help carers, guardians and parents decide what’s best for their children, we are partnering with the NHS in London and the National Network of Parent Carer Forums to answer questions and give expert advice on the COVID-19 vaccines for children and teens.

The webinar will take place on Friday 10 June from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

A reminder on contacting the Department for Education (DfE)

The DfE incident support helpline (formerly the COVID-19 helpline) is available to support the education sector, with any questions you have about COVID-19, the situation in Ukraine and other national incidents and emergencies, which impact on education, childcare and children’s social care.

DfE incident support helpline
Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

If your query is about anything else related to education, childcare and children’s social care, please call the DfE general enquiries helpline:

DfE general enquiries helpline
Phone: 0370 000 2288
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 5pm

Both helplines close on bank holidays. Alternatively, you can contact DfE online.

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Message to all education, children’s social care and childcare leaders from the Secretary of State for Education, Nadhim Zahawi

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