Archive of Department of Education COVID-19 guidance (Northern Ireland)

Department of Education (DENI), CCEA and EA guidance and updates on coronavirus

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Department of Education (DENI)

Weir welcomes additional funding for schools  29 October 2020
Extra funding to help schools respond to COVID-19 pressures

Minister welcomes extension of Free School Meal payments to cover Halloween break 22 October 2020

November 2020 Examinations Series Delayed by 2 weeks (CCEA)   (19 October 2020)

Operation of childcare provision on school premises during the extended half-term break (16 October 2020)

Statement from Education Minister Peter Weir on COVID-19 restrictions (14 October 2020)
Half-term holiday break extended

Circular 2020/09 Addendum: School Optional Days and Exceptional Closure e Days
Advice and guidance on the use of optional days and exceptional school closures during the period 19 October 2020 to 30 October 2020.

Executive tightens restrictions to curb COVID-19 (14 October 2020)
The half term holiday break for schools and colleges will be extended to a two-week break to run from 19 to 30 October. 

Changes to examinations and qualifications announced to support pupil progress (09 October 2020)
Education Minister Peter Weir has announced decisions on proposals for changes to the awarding of qualifications during 2020/21.

Education Minister welcomes launch of version 2.0 of ‘StopCOVID NI’ app extending use to 11-17 age group 01 October 2020
Minister encourages pupils and schools in uptake of app which is available to download now

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for School and Educational Settings in Northern Ireland  24 September 2020

Education Minister launches £11.2m Engage programme 23 September 2020
Details of a major programme aimed at addressing the impact of Covid-19 on children’s learning have been outlined by Education Minister Peter Weir

Education Minister welcomes letter from Chief Medical Officer to parents and carers  10 September 2020
Letter outlines steps to take in relation to Covid-19 symptoms

CCEA consultation on examinations for summer 2021 25 August 2020

Weir updates guidance on use of face coverings in schools  25 August 2020

Weir allocates £42m funding for Education Restart  24 August 2020

Education Restart - Information for Children and Young People Published 20 August 2020 

Changes to AS and A level awards in Northern Ireland Published 17 August 2020

Centre Assessed Grades to be awarded at GCSE in Northern Ireland Published 16 August 2020

Minister congratulates A and AS level students Published 13 August 2020

Weir publishes guidance on new school day  Published 13 August 2020

Weir welcomes decision on summer examinations Published 11 August 2020

Weir sets out revised plans for the reopening of schools Published 06 August 2020

Notice - Coronavirus Act 2020 Temporary Modification of Education Duties (No.10) Notice (Northern Ireland) 2020  30 July 2020
Duties in Relation to Special Educational Needs

Support during July and August 2020 for Vulnerable Children and Young People 24 July 2020
The purpose of this guidance is to advise providers and users on minimising the risk to children, staff and parents who attend settings during July and August 2020, by reducing the risk of infection and transmission of the Covid-19 virus.

Education Minister announces measures to support childcare providers 22 July 2020

Update on additional support measures for children this summer   10 July 2020

Weir announces free wi-fi scheme for disadvantaged pupils  08 July 2020
Free wi-fi and mobile connectivity for those who may not have had access to digital technology during lockdown

Weir welcomes monitoring round allocations  Funding for summer food scheme, learning support programmes and childcare 30 June 2020

Education and Training Inspectorate (ETI): Remote and blended learning: curricular challenges and approaches Published 26 June 2020

Childcare recovery plan and Education Restart FAQs available online  Published 24 June 2020

CCEA Regulation Publishes Decisions on Appeals Process for Summer 2020 Awarding of GCSE, AS and A Level qualifications (23 June 2020)

Northern Ireland Re-opening School Guidance - New School Day Guidance literature  Published 19 June 2020
This guidance has been developed for education settings to support a safe, phased reopening of schools in line with the Northern Ireland Executive’s “Coronavirus Executive Approach to Decision-Making” published on 12 May 2020.

Update: 18 June 2020

Education Minister announces publication of childcare recovery plan

Weir sets out plans for the reopening of schools

Pupils to follow 1m social distancing at NI schools (BBC News) The education minister also indicates that the target date for pupils' return is now 24 August.

Weir outlines proposals to support vulnerable children and young people this summer

Weir thanks schools for stepping up to the challenge

Statement on free school meals (16 June 2020)

Provision of Childcare during the COVID19 Pandemic (16 June 2020)

Weir confirms funding for BookTrust’s Bookstart programme (9 June 2020)

Updates 4/5 June 2020:

Education Minister publishes guidance for schools on supporting remote learning 

Guidance brings together emerging practice during Covid-19 period ... more

Guidance to support safe working in educational settings published 

Update on post-primary transfer process

Ministers announce extension of definition of key workers to access childcare 

Temporary changes to pupil assessments and reporting requirements 20 May 2020

Income Support Scheme for substitute teachers  19 May 2020
£12m funding to support sub teachers during Covid-19 crisis

COVID-19 childcare sector support scheme open  (14 May 2020)

Education Minister welcomes decision on post-primary transfer test dates  (11 May 2020)

Update on COVID-19 Childcare Support scheme  01 May 2020
Childcare providers and childminders eligible for financial assistance will receive an application form…

Volunteering scheme (Covid-19) update 28 April 2020

Education Minister announces arrangements for Occupational Studies and CCEA Entry Level qualifications 28 April 2020

Assessment Registration delayed until Thursday 14 May 2020

Minister announces arrangements for summer examinations  16 April 2020
Process for CCEA GCSE, AS and A level exams outlined

Latest Department of Education updates in relation to COVID-19 (coronavirus)   (updated daily 2020)

Update on award of vocational qualifications (Department for the Economy) (8 April 2020)

Implementing social distancing in education settings in NI :Coronavirus (Covid-19)  (3 April 2020)

Letter from Minister for Education to schools on cluster arrangements (31 March 2020):

Information on schools open for vulnerable children and key workers’ children  (30 March 2020)

Update on school closures from Education Minister (23 March 2020)

Statement from Education Minister on COVID-19 response (20 March 2020)

Statement from Health Minister on COVID-19 response (childcare) (19 March 2020)

Letter from Minister of Education to education sector (19 March 2020)

BBC News NI: Schools to close from Monday (18 March 2020)

Full statements from First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill on Covid–19 response)

BBC News Northern Ireland: Coronavirus: Pregnant teachers and students should not attend school  (18 March 2020)

Education Minister issues COVID-19 guidance to educational settings (17 March 2020)

Advice from Public Health Agency


CCEA Guidance on 2020 Summer exams (16 April 2020)

CCEA statement on the cancellation of the summer examinations 2020 (19 March 2020)

Education Authority

Schools to close (19 March 2020)
The Department of Education has confirmed that schools, pre-schools and statutory nurseries will close at the end of the day on Friday 20 March for all pupils and children.