Covid-19 – Latest Guidance – 6.00pm 7th July 2020

James Williams

Main points from today

  • No briefing today.
  • Latest HMRC coronavirus (COVID-19) statistics published today show the following:-
    • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – as at 5th July, 9.4million jobs furloughed by 1.1 million employers, with a total value of £27.4 billion.
    • Self-Employment Income Support Scheme – as at 5th July, 2.7 million claims made with a total value of £7.7 billion.
    • VAT payments deferral scheme – in the three months from 7th April to 7th June inclusive, 1,228,000 payments were eligible for deferral, of which 498,000 were deferred, totalling £27.5 billion in deferred VAT.
  • 44,391 total deaths with 155 deaths yesterday.

Latest Guidance (employment and business)
CJRS guidance can be found here:-
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

The Self-Employment Income Support Scheme guidance is here:-
Check if you can claim a grant through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme

Latest Guidance (health)
COVID-19: guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable
Updated guidance with changes that apply from 6 July 2020.  1:18pm, 6 July 2020

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do after 4 July
Updated 24 June 2020

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 1 July 2020 – highlights from the DfE are as follows:-

  • We estimate that 16.9% of pupils (1,599,000) were attending schools and colleges in England on 2 July, up from 15.6% on 25 June.
  • Approximately 93% of schools and colleges were open in some capacity on 2 July, the same as on 25 June. This figure includes independent schools and further education (FE) colleges, a proportion of which continue to provide online teaching to students. We estimate that over 94% of state-funded primary and secondary schools were open in some capacity on 2 July.
  • We estimate 88% of primary schools were open to nursery, reception, year 1 and/or year 6 on 2 July, a similar proportion to 25 June (89%).
  • Attendance was highest in year 6, with approximately 44% of all year 6 children in attendance on 2 July, up from 41% on 25 June. Attendance was around 38% in year 1, up from 34% and 40% in reception, up from 36%.
  • From 15 June, secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges were asked to begin providing face-to-face support to students in year 10 and 12 to supplement their learning from home, alongside full time provision for students from priority groups. We estimate 75% of schools were open to at least one of these year groups on 2 July, excluding FE colleges and special post-16 institutions. This is a similar proportion to 25 June (74%).
  • Approximately 14% of year 10 and 12% year 12 students were in attendance on 2 July, excluding students in further education (FE) colleges and special post-16 institutions, similar to attendance on 25 June (13% in both year 10 and 12). The Department’s guidance states that schools and colleges are able to have a quarter of their year 10 and year 12 cohort in attendance at any one time to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • Around 25% of children with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a social worker were attending an education setting on 2 July, up from 23% on 25 June.
  • Early years settings were also asked to begin welcoming back all children from 1 June. We estimate that on 2 July, 382,000 children were attending early years setting – about 23% of the number of children who usually attend in term time.

Requirements for the calculation of results in summer 2020
Requirements and guidance to exam boards in relation to the calculation of results to be issued for general qualifications in summer 2020.
First published. 12:00pm, 7 July 2020

Managing school premises during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Minor amends to the ventilation and fire safety sections.  10:51am, 7 July 2020

The collections are:-
Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) – What school leaders, teachers and school staff need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)

General Guidance
The general coronavirus guidance starts here:-

James Williams – Solicitor

James Williams

I am a qualified Employment Law and HR Solicitor. I specialise in acting for schools and advise on all aspects of employment law and HR including attending employee meetings, advising senior leaders, conducting redundancy consultations, drafting contracts of employment, advising on policies and procedures and negotiating settlement agreements.