Latest Department of Education updates in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Date published: 06 August 2020

This 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

Income Support Scheme for substitute teachers

The Income Support Scheme for substitute teachers was launched on 19 May 2020 to help support substitute teachers who had lost the opportunity for income during the Covid-19 crisis. The scheme ensured that eligible substitute teachers, engaged between 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020, would have access to an income for the period April to June 2020. This scheme has now ended.

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.

Ministerial statements

Information and guidance for educational settings

Support for parents and pupils

A list of resources has been published that you may find useful as you assist your child with learning during the period of school closures due to Covid-19 (coronavirus).

Information is also available about organisations which are happy to provide help, advice and support to you as a parent at this time.

Notices made under the Coronavirus Act 2020

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