Department of Education releases on COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Covid-19 We all must do it to get through itThis page provides the latest information released by the Department of Education in relation to Covid-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on education services.

For general health advice relating to Covid-19, please visit the Public Health Agency website.

Frequently asked questions

FAQs on substitute teachers - 18 September 2020

FAQs on Childcare Recovery Support Fund - 27 July 2020

FAQs on Childcare Recovery Plans - 24 June 2020

FAQs on Education Restart Programme - 24 June 2020

FAQs for free school meals payment scheme - 31 March 2020

Free school meals - direct payment scheme

On 26 March the Minister for Communities and the Minister for Education announced plans to make sure families do not experience hardship as a result of schools closing. The direct payments scheme will ensure families eligible for free school meals will receive direct payments into bank accounts during the period of term time school closures due to Coronavirus.

Information on direct payments scheme for families eligible for free school meals

FAQs for free school meals payment scheme - 31 March 2020

Ministers take action in relation to Free School Meals payment - 26 March 2020

Ministerial statements

Oral statement to the Ad Hoc Committee by Education Minister, Peter Weir on the Covid-19 response - 25 June 2020

Information and guidance for educational settings

National Testing Initiative – COVID-19 Testing Kits for Schools - 14 September 2020

Northern Ireland Re-opening School Guidance - New School Day - 19 June 2020

Guidance to support safe working in educational settings -  4 June 2020

Letter from Education Minister - Education Restart Programme - 3 June 2020

Guidance on vulnerable children and young people - 10 April 2020

Letter from Minister of Education - Safer Schools app - 10 April 2020

Joint Ministerial announcement on emergency childcare provision - 9 April 2020

Letter from Minister of Education - Vulnerable Children and Young People - 8 April 2020

Implementing social distancing in educational settings - 3 April 2020

Guidance to schools on cluster arrangements - 31 March 2020

Letter from Minister of Education to schools on cluster arrangements - 31 March 2020

Letter from Education Minister to education sector - 24 March 2020

Education Minister’s update on school closures – 23 March 2020

Statement from Education Minister on Covid-19 response – 20 March 2020

Letter from Permanent Secretary Derek Baker to principals – 20 March 2020

Letter from Education Minister to education sector – 19 March 2020

Education Minister releases guidance for educational settings – 16 March 2020

Latest guidance on Covid-19 (coronavirus) - 25 February 2020

Notices made under the Coronavirus Act 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No. 12) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Cancellation of Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties Notice (No.10) (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.11) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.10) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.9) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.8) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.7) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.6) Free School Meals Direct Payments (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.5) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No 4) - Notice (Nothern Ireland) 2020 

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.3) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.2) Cancellation Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020

Notice temporarily disapplying or modifying education duties No.2 (Northern Ireland) 2020 – 3 April 2020

Notice temporarily disapplying or modifying education duties No.1 (Northern Ireland) 2020 - 1 April 2020

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