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GCSEs, AS and A level awarding: summer 2020
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Information for schools, students and parents on how qualifications will be graded and awarded in summer 2020.
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11:00am, 3 April 2020


How GCSEs, AS & A levels will be awarded in summer 2020
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Ofqual sets out details for schools, colleges, students, parents & carers on how GCSEs and A levels will be awarded following the cancellation of this year’s exams.
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11:00am, 3 April 2020


Direction issued to the Chief Regulator of Ofqual
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A direction from Gavin Williamson MP, Secretary of State for Education, to Sally Collier, Chief Regulator of Ofqual, about calculating summer 2020 grades in lieu of exam results.
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11:05am, 3 April 2020


Cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak
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The government has announced a £3 million fund for organisations redistributing safe surplus food to those who need it during the coronavirus outbreak.
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11:11am, 3 April 2020


Councils given new powers to hold public meetings remotely
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Local authorities in England handed new powers to hold public meetings virtually by using video or telephone conferencing technology.
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11:32am, 3 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): tell us you can produce testing kits and services
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Forms for organisations that can manufacture and supply testing consumables, equipment and laboratory PPE as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19) response.
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12:00pm, 3 April 2020


MHRA guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)
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We are producing guidance for industry covering the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Added link to new information for hospital blood banks during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in the Inspections and good practice section.
Time updated
12:30pm, 3 April 2020


Data sharing during this public health emergency
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Health and care information will be vital in our response to coronavirus. We must continue to use it well and inform the public to maintain and build trust.
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12:45pm, 3 April 2020


£20 million for ambitious technologies to build UK resilience following coronavirus outbreak
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Businesses to help boost the UK’s resilience to the long-term impact of coronavirus and similar future situations as a result of £20 million government funding.
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1:06pm, 3 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): maintaining further education provision
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Operational guidance for further education (FE) providers on maintaining education and skills training provision.
Change made
Updated with latest guidance.
Time updated
3:43pm, 3 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): school closures
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What schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Change made
Added information about safeguarding. Updated information about workforce and critical workers.
Time updated
4:55pm, 3 April 2020


COVID-19: Contingent liability for ventilators
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The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has written to the Chairs of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) on contingent liabilities for ventilators.
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5:04pm, 3 April 2020


Slides and datasets to accompany coronavirus press conference: 3 April 2020
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Press conference slides and datasets used by Matt Hancock.
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5:13pm, 3 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020
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This guidance aims to answer common questions in relation to the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in 2020.
Change made
Updated ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020’ to reflect new guidance from Ofqual.
Time updated
5:41pm, 3 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – guidance for local authorities
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Guidance for local authorities setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).
Change made
Information about State Aid added.
Time updated
5:46pm, 3 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): business support grant funding – guidance for businesses
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Guidance for businesses setting out details of the Small Business Grants Fund (SBGF) and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund (RHLGF).
Change made
Updated with information about State Aid.
Time updated
5:48pm, 3 April 2020


COVID-19: guidance for employees, employers and businesses
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Guidance for employees, employers and businesses in providing advice about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Change made
Added details about the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
Time updated
6:04pm, 3 April 2020


World's largest trial of potential coronavirus treatments rolled out across the UK
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The largest randomised clinical trial of potential coronavirus (COVID-19) treatments is underway as part of the race to find a treatment.
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6:34pm, 3 April 2020


COVID-19 health, care and volunteer workers parking pass and concessions
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Guidance and terms of use for the parking pass and concessions for COVID-19 health, care and volunteer workers.
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7:25pm, 3 April 2020


Transport Secretary: continue to follow government guidelines on travel despite warm weather
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With warm weather this weekend people may feel tempted to head out more, but please stick to government guidance. You are saving lives by staying at home.
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8:33pm, 3 April 2020


Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for children's social care services
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Advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) for local authorities and their partners to help support and protect vulnerable children.
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First published.
Time updated
9:33pm, 3 April 2020


UK medicines and medical devices regulator investigating 14 cases of fake or unlicensed COVID-19 medical products
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An increasing number of bogus medical products being sold through unauthorised websites claiming to treat or prevent COVID-19 are being investigated by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
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12:15am, 4 April 2020



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