Government guidance

Here you can find the latest Government guidance for colleges. This page will be updated as further information is published.

Government announces Education Roadmap (22/02/21)

The Government published its plan to remove lockdown restrictions on 22 February, which includes a timetable for re-opening education. A return to face to face learning for schools and colleges will resume from 8 March and is the first step in existing lockdown. The roadmap also states that twice-weekly testing of teachers and students will start from 8 March also.

Specific guidance for further education has been published. The main things for colleges to note are:

  • The main focus is once again on at least 50% face to face learning for 16 to 19 year olds and those with an EHCP plan up to 24, just like it was before this last lockdown.
  • The difference is that colleges now have the discretion to be able to bring adults into college for face to face, with the obvious proviso that this is safe to do.
  • Colleges also have discretion on how to stagger the return of students over that first week to allow everyone to be tested.
  • After an initial programme of three tests in college, students will be provided with two rapid tests to use each week at home.
  • College staff will also be provided with two tests to use each week at home.
  • Protective measures across education will be strengthened. Staff and students in colleges are advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained as a temporary extra measure.