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Guidance for schools, colleges, nurseries and other education and early years settings on the coronavirus, COVID-19, and information for members.

Update 21 September 2020:

Latest Voice FAQs: Health and Safety and Nurseries and Childcare (including nannies)


Updated school reopening guidance
All changes from v2.0 are marked in red text in the document. The key changes are:

  • Paras 79 and 106 – updated guidance on PPE when individuals are symptomatic
  • Paras 100-104 – Test and Protect
  • Paras 113-116 – self-isolation arrangements following international travel
  • Paras 128-131 – outbreak and case management
  • Para 141 – young people in the senior phase attending college
  • Para 151 – PE guidelines
  • Para 152 – home economics guidelines
  • Para 156 – guidance on school visits
  • Para 179 – access to drinking water
  • Paras 180-181 – breakfast clubs

Related guidelines and guidance:

COVID-19 Advisory Sub-Group on Education and Children’s advice notes and minutes of discussions

Update 18 September 2020: England (DfE)

Responsibility for autumn exams: Guidance for schools and colleges on who should enter students for autumn exams, the health arrangements for exams and the support DfE is providing.

Coronavirus transmission in schools: your questions answered

Actions for FE colleges and providers during the coronavirus outbreak Updated Guidance

Updates 17 September 2020: Welsh Government:

Higher education and student support: coronavirus  Detailed guide (updated)

Local restrictions imposed to control Rhondda Cynon Taf outbreak  News

England (DfE) updated guidance:

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Guidance

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak Guidance

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings Guidance

Updates 16 September 2020:

England (DfE): Making an order for additional coronavirus (COVID-19) tests: An online portal is now live for schools and further education (FE) providers to order additional coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits if they have run out, or are running out, of their initial 10 kits supplied for use in line with government guidance.

England (DfE): Important information for nurseries, schools and colleges – new process for reporting positive confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your setting: DfE’s guidance for education and childcare settings sets out the process for managing confirmed positive cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) when the individual is known to have been in a school, college or early years setting.

Reminder: Department for Education (DfE) coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline is available to answer questions about coronavirus (COVID-19) relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline:  0800 046 8687 Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Updated 1 September 2020:  Voice Health, Safety and Safeguarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs, including face coverings/masks 

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Every education professional has the right to be heard

Together, we are a powerful voice for education professionals.

"The reason I chose Voice as my union was because they believe in negotiation as an answer to solving issues not strikes."

Janet, Teaching assistant


22 Sep 2020

Annual General Meeting: Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Federation

The Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Federation had originally planned to hold the Annual General Meeting in a school as normal but unfortunately, due to COVID-19, that will not be possible, so it will be done virtually. 

25 Sep 2020 to 26 Sep 2020

Childcare & Education Expo Midlands

Free educational event for early years & primary practioners. 

6 Nov 2020 to 7 Nov 2020

Childcare & Education Expo Manchester

Free educational event for early years & primary practioners.