PPE portal for special schools and post-16 institutions and consultation on 2021 exams

PPE Portal

On 19 January Special Schools and Special Post-16 Institutions (SPIs) across England should have received an email invitation to register with the Department of Health and Social Care’s (DHSC’s) PPE Portal. Using the PPE Portal Special Schools and SPIs can place a weekly order of PPE (free of charge) to meet their Coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE needs. Residential Special Schools and Residential Post-16 Institutions will have already received an email invitation in August 2020.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PPE requirements are limited to PPE use in the following scenarios:

       (i) when dealing with a child or individual who is symptomatic (and a distance of two metres cannot be maintained), and

     (ii) when performing aerosol generating procedures (AGPs).

DHSC advise that schools are still required to supply their own PPE (from their usual supply channels) for any other purpose.

Special schools and special post-16 institutions should have received the email invitation from: ppe.dedicated.supply.channel@notifications.service.gov.uk. It has been sent to the email address which your setting has registered with on the Get Information About Schools database. This is the only email address which is eligible to register. The Department advise that if you have not received the email first ensure that you have checked your junk folder and then contact the Customer Service team at 0800 876 6802 who can help support you registering with the portal. The Department also asks that those who have not received the email wait until close of play on Wednesday, 27 January before enquiring about an email invitation. To confirm the eligibility of your setting you will also need to provide the setting’s URN (you can check the URN at https://get-information-schools.service.gov.uk/).

Consultation on arrangements for awarding grades in summer 2021

Last Friday, the Department for Education and Ofqual launched joint consultations on arrangements for awarding grades for GCSE, AS and A levels this summer and on awarding arrangements for a range of vocational and technical qualifications. They are interested in your views on the consultation proposals, in particular, the equality impact assessment of the proposals.

The deadline for responses to both consultations 11:45pm on 29 January 2021.

Click here for consultation on GCSES, A Level and AS Level

Click here for the consultation on vocational and technical qualifications