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Government Updates

This page provides information relating to COVID -19. You will find advice, guidance and some information relating to how we have and are responding as a school. This page is regularly updated however, further information can be obtained by calling the school office

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

New schools’ helpline for Coronavirus


The Department of Education (DfE) has launched a new helpline for schools to answer education-related questions about COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

The helpline is open on 0800 046 8687 from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and is available to staff, parents and young people. Alternatively, you can email: DfE.coronavirus@education.gov.uk

There are still no positive COVID-19 cases in Somerset, but our local health and care services are well prepared with well-rehearsed plans in place to deal with any potential outbreaks.

You should be assured that should a case be confirmed anywhere in the country, Public Health England would contact all those who have come into close contact with them and give specific advice of what action to take.

Government advice is reviewed daily and updated regularly. For the latest information, advice and guidance, check out https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

The best way to protect yourself and others from the virus and stop it spreading is to practice good hygiene habits – if you need to cough or sneeze catch it with a tissue, bin it and kill it by washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser. 

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Please find updated guidance on what parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak .

The importance of hygiene

Personal hygiene is the most important way we can tackle COVID-19, especially washing hands more; and the catch it, bin it, kill it strategy for those with coughs and sneezes.

Please help us in sharing simple and effective hand hygiene messages.


Public Health England has a dedicated webpage with a range of posters and digital materials at:


Changes to the Test and Trace support payment for parents


On the 22nd March, the Department for Education announced that parents and carers of children who have been advised to self-isolate by their education setting or by NHS Test and Trace are now able to apply for a Test and Trace Support Payment or discretionary payment of £500, if they meet the eligibility criteria.

The extension of the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme, which is administered by district and unitary councils in England, ensures that parents receive the financial support they need if they are unable to attend work due to childcare responsibilities.

Parents and carers should apply to their council to receive a payment.   

When a parent or guardian applies to the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme because they need to care for a child who is self-isolating, their local authority will be required to contact their child’s school via phone or email to verify information about the child. This includes the child’s name, age and dates of selfisolation. This is a standard check against fraudulent claims, and may take place before or after a payment is made. School will only be asked to share information on children whose parents have made an application to their local authority for the Test and Trace Support Payment scheme. 

Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme-claiming-financial-support/claiming-financial-support-under-the-test-and-trace-support-payment-scheme

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