The education policy team aim to keep this page updated weekly with latest news from government departments, awarding bodies, and those responsible for regulating education across the UK. This guidance is intended for teachers and technicians of 5 - 19 biology in schools, but may also be of use to those in the higher education sector and others involved in education.
The Royal Society of Biology has produced a page collating advice for students and parents to supplement remote learning during partial school closures. The Society also advises school leaders and teachers consider the questions in Education Endowment Foundation's Linking Learning resource - home learning support from mainstream schools.
The announcements below have been collected under three headings:
Reopening of schools
Department for Education guidance on actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak, and guidance for opening of schools. Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings is also provided. Guidance for parents and carers about schools and other education settings. Separate guidance has been published for specialist settings supporting children with SEND, further education and early years.
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January 2021, only children of critical workers and vulnerable children and young people should attend school or college. All other pupils and students will receive remote education.
Simon Lebus, Interim Chief Regulator, Ofqual, responds to the Prime Minister's announcement about exams in 2021.
On 8th December 2020 SQA announced the Higher and Advanced Higher 2021 exams are to be replaced.
Wales: Latest education updates from the Welsh Government.
On 10th November Wales’ approach for qualifications in 2021 was confirmed by Education Minister Kirsty Williams.
BAMEed: guidance for schools produced in line with NHS staff guidance, including a risk assessment for BAME staff returning to work in schools.
Practical activities at home and as schools reopen
CLEAPSS have provided advice for practical activities for pupils attending secondary school during periods of extended closure and guidance for science departments returning to school after a period of closure.
SSERC (Scotland) have some home learning resources on their website.
Resources for remote learning
Department for Education (England) have collated a set of online education resources for schools and parents to help children learn at home, including maths and science. General guidance and advice for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students can be found in this collection. School or college level educational performance data based on tests, assessments or exams will not be published in 2020.
Education Scotland are working to support practitioners while schools are closed. The National Improvement Hub now has support for developing online opportunities for remote learning including early learning, the sciences, and staff health and wellbeing.
The Welsh Government has information online on education and Stay Safe. Stay Learning: supporting the education system. With resources available from the national learning platform, Hwb.
Ofqual has published a news story about the recent consultation on new statutory guidance for appeals; equalities analysis; the decisions following the recent consultation on an additional GCSE, AS and A level exam series in autumn 2020 in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic; and research about the impact of coursework on different students.