Coronavirus updates

Government information for settings and schools: England Wales Scotland Northern Ireland


Department for Education coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the helpline.

Core guidance


The Welsh Government has published a series of guidance for schools and childcare settings.


The Scottish government’s Coronavirus (COVID-19): early learning and childcare services has been updated (6 January 2022) to include:

  • A revised approach to self-isolation for high risk contacts from 6 January 2022 taking account of the latest advice and progress with the booster programme;
  • The addition of a new section on vaccination;
  • Update to the self-isolation exemption for public services as this only applies to those people who were isolating before 6 January 2022, given the changes to the self-isolation policy;  
  • The section on testing has been revised to reflect the latest advice; and
  • An addition to the section on cleaning practices covering sand.

Education Scotland’s Covid Education Recovery guidance includes updated guidance including self-isolation and testing FAQs.

Northern Ireland

Latest updates

Covid: flexibility on ratios

DfE have confirmed that on that Covid counts as an exceptional circumstance under which ratios may be flexed. Guidance will be amended shortly to reflect

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