Department of Education advice and guidance

COVID -19 advice and guidance from the Department of Education and other bodies.

***Updates from 4th November***

The Department of Education and Minister Weir have clarified the guidance around physical education within schools (indoors). You can read the full information at the link below:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/update-physical-education-schools

We will update this page as and when we receive information from the Department of Education, but please note the “updated” date at the top of the page. Any communication from the Department of Education on the ongoing situation should be consulted in the first instance.

In regards to training events through NICIE, conferences etc, we will update the relevant pages on our website and post notification via social media as well as notify attendees via email and/or phone where possible. If you are unsure about a course or meeting please contact us.


Updates from 30th October.

The Department of Education has announced that face coverings will be mandatory on all school transport for post primary children once schools re-open. This includes all buses, trains and taxis for the journey to and from school for pupils 13 and over. You can read the full statement here:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/face-coverings-be-mandatory-all-school-transport-post-primary-children

In addition, Minister Weir has welcomed funding of almost £64 million to help schools manage Education Authority pressures, COVID-19 pressures and for free school meals. you can read the full statement at this link:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/weir-welcomes-additional-funding-schools


Updates 24th and 25th September 2020

25th September – In response to feedback from schools, and following clarification with the Public Health Agency we can now advise that only when a positive case has been identified in child or young person do schools need to consider self-isolating close contacts of that individual. As a result section 8, paragraph 11 should be disregarded. Updated guidance will be issued shortly.

The Department of Education has released updated Guidance for School and Educational Settings in Northern Ireland (on 24th September). You can view this, and related documents, at the link below:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-school-and-educational-settings-northern-ireland 


Updates from 4th September 2020

The Department of Education has released a revised Management Flowchart for possible/confirmed Covid-19 case in schools. You can see it at the link below:

https://www.nicie.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/COVID-19-Management-Flow-Chart.pdf

This should be read with the New School Day guidance released on the 28th August (linked to below).


Updates from 28th August 2020

The Department of Education has published a further updated/revised guide on the “New School Day”. This is available on the Department website at the following link:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/northern-ireland-re-opening-school-guidance-new-school-day-revised


Updates from 25th August 2020

Education Minister Peter Weir today announced that guidance on face coverings will be updated to include wearing them in corridors of post-primary schools. You can read more information here: https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/weir-updates-guidance-use-face-coverings-schools 

CCEA have released a consultation that all should be aware of, on proposed changes to GCSE and related exams for summer 2021. You can access the consultation here:

https://ccea.org.uk/news/2020/august/ccea-launches-consultation-proposed-changes-gcse-and-gce-qualifications-summer

The Education Minister Peter Weir is encouraging teachers, parents and students to respond to a consultation on proposed changes to examinations in summer 2021. You can read his full statement here:

https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/news/ccea-consultation-examinations-summer-2021 


Updates from 12th and 13th August 2020

On the 13th August the Department of Education published an updated/revised guide on the “New School Day”. This is available on the Department website at the following link and overrides previous published guidance: https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/northern-ireland-re-opening-school-guidance-new-school-day-revised

In addition to this, the Minister for Education has released a letter to parents and carers on the reasoning behind the reopening of schools as well as guidance for them in regards to COVID-19. 

Letter to parents and carers available at this link

Checklist for parents and carers available at this link

The Department of Education has released updated guidance on their website for supporting staff to return to schools on the 12th August. You can find it at this link: https://www.education-ni.gov.uk/publications/guidance-supporting-staff-return-schools


Update from 6th August 2020

Education Minister Peter Weir said he wants all schools to return to more normal patterns of operation and attendance from the week beginning 31 August. Revised New School Day guidance will be published next week setting out an updated approach to the full reopening of schools rather than a phased approach. You can read his full letter at this link.


 

***Please also note that previous updates, including links to letters from the Minister for Education, information on from the Department of Education and information from the Education Authority can be found at this page***