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Coronavirus Updates for Education HR Teams

We have replicated the guidance and advice issued for schools on this page. We have also included some specific questions and answers relating to schools.


Questions & Answers

It is likely that schools will need to remain open during the Easter Break to continue to provide a service for critical workers. Can we ask teachers to continue to work?
  • Last  Reviewed: 1 April 2020
  • Published: 26 March 2020

We are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of COVID-19. In these circumstances it is reasonable to ask school staff to be flexible and work through what would have been the Easter Holidays. You should consider the need to protect their leave entitlement so may need to stagger teachers having a two week break.

DfE have issued guidance on a range of areas relating to schools remaining open for children of critical workers and vulnerable children. This guidance includes a brief comment on the need for schools to remain open throughout the Easter period and how to manage staffing in the ‘Holiday’ section.

Please be aware that some Trade Unions are indicating that Teachers should not be asked to work Good Friday or Easter Monday. Careful consideration must be given to the impact on critical workers and the services they deliver.

Can teachers be asked to work at a different school if their school is not open?
  • Last Reviewed: 27 March 2020
  • Published: 27 March 2020

Once schools have assessed their demand and capacity, any schools experiencing high demand should liaise with their local authority to establish whether any pupils or teachers need to be moved to an alternative setting.

Any schools which are unable to stay open should liaise with their local authority about teachers providing support elsewhere.

Teachers and other school staff should continue to be paid by their school as normal, wherever they are working.

Can after school club staff be furloughed?
  • Last Reviewed: 2 April 2020
  • Published: 2 April 2020

While Public Sector organisation can access the furlough provisions, the Government has issued clear guidance that it does not expect Public Sector Employers to make use of these provisions where they are continuing to receive their normal public funding to cover salary costs. 

However, if schools can clearly evidence that their after school provisions are funded entirely from the income generated, with no recourse to public funds, then the after school club staff can be furloughed. If the staff are on Green Book terms and conditions, you should continue to pay 100% of salary to furloughed employees as this will keep them in line with employees who are unable to work from home and are still being paid at full pay rates.

At present we have no information about how HMRC will ensure the furlough provisions are applied correctly. However, given the expressed expectation that public sector bodies would not ordinarily make a claim under these provisions, it is likely that HMRC will closely scrutinise any applications for reimbursement from public sector employers.

Updates and Guidance

LGA Communication – 2 April 2020


LGA Communication – 1 April 2020


LGA Communication – 31 March 2020


LGA Communication – 26 March 2020


LGA Communication – 25 March 2020 – Updated Department of  Health and Social Care (DHSC) comment regarding Movement during ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions.

“More guidance is going out to police today about what they should and shouldn’t be doing so hopefully this will settle down. We have been really clear about the importance of social care. The PM mentioned it in his statement on Monday night and the SoS did at the press conference last night. But it is difficult to ensure there won’t be a few off-kilter decisions made by a few police officers across the country”

LGA Communication – 25 March 2020 – Further updates from Department for Education (DfE)


LGA Communication – 24 March 2020 – Department of  Health and Social Care (DHSC) response regarding Movement during ‘Stay at Home’ restrictions.

“We’ve had some queries about whether now, given there are more stringent restrictions on movement, workers will be asked to provide proof of status to allow them to move freely to and from work and on public transport. Stakeholders have referred to documentation that has been issued centrally by governments in other countries.

I wanted to let you know that this is not currently part of the plan here, although clearly it may be something that is considered in future. If asked by police the purpose for their journey those working in eg. the social care sector should simply state they are travelling to carry out work that cannot be done at home, and explain their key worker status. If employers feel that their staff would feel reassured by it, we suggest they provide a hard or electronic copy of a letter from their employer explaining their key worker status and why travel to a place of work is essential”

NJC Circular – 23 March 2020 – Coronavirus and Critical Workers

LGA Communication – 23 March 2020 – sharing key links for new and updated DFE guidance:

New GOV.UK collection page – all our GOV.UK CoV content in one place:

LGA Press Release – 20 March 2020 – Response to Key Worker Definition

LGA Update – 20 March 2020 – Workforce Update – Critical Workers

LGA Workforce guidance – 20 March 2020 – School closure due to COVID-19

LGA Communication – 20 March 2020 – sharing Government Information:

The LGA will be issuing further workforce guidance on school closures ASAP. In the meantime here is information from the Government on Critical Workers and Information for parents and carers.


LGPS Guidance – 19 March 2020 – Reemployment of Key Workers Guidance on impact of recently retired workers returning to work.

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