This week I highlight updated information on what the DfE expects schools will publish online, updated information produced for parents and carers on the new national restrictions that came into force on 5 November and the publication of a briefing note from Ofsted on interim visits carried out since September.
What schools must publish online
This week the DfE has updated the information maintained schools and academies must publish online. An additional section on Coronavirus (COVID-19) catch-up premium has been introduced and schools that receive the grant this academic year should publish details of how they intend to spend the grant and how the effect of this expenditure on the educational attainment of their pupils will be assessed.
What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
The DfE has updated this guidance to include information on the national restrictions by adding a ‘national restrictions’ section and updating the relevant information about face coverings, clinically extremely vulnerable children and extra-curricular activities.
COVID-19 series: Ofsted briefing on schools
On 17 March 2020, all routine Ofsted inspections were suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of a phased return to routine inspection Ofsted is carrying out interim visits during this Autumn term. On Tuesday Ofsted published a briefing note based on evidence from 380 visits to schools between 29 September and 23 October with a further briefing note to be published in December.