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Useful Information for Businesses – Updates 31st August to 4th September

Daily update from GOV.​UK.

Covid19 Related Updates

Coronavirus grant funding: local authority payments to small and medium businesses

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Local authorities have received and distributed funding to support small and medium businesses in England during coronavirus.

Change made
Data updated as of 30 August.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)

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Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
We have removed guidance relating to the 2019 to 2020 academic year and added an ITT trainees from overseas section. We have also updated the C1.2 degree entry requirements and the 120 days in schools and early years ITT sections.

What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Information for parents and carers about going back to schools, nurseries and colleges in the autumn term.

Change made
Updated information about the use of face coverings.

Providing apprenticeships during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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This document sets out guidance for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations in response to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Change made
Updated information on routine funding audits. Added resources about redundancy for employers and apprentices and information on the use of face coverings.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for boarding schools with international students

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Guidance for residential educational settings with international students under the age of 18 entering and travelling to the UK.

First published.

Behaviour and discipline in schools

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How school staff can develop a behaviour policy. Includes checklists and resources to support full school opening during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added links to further guidance and resources.

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.

Change made
Updated to include new provisional guidance on the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2020, which come into force on 25 September 2020. The update to existing guidance reflects the latest changes on social distancing and shielding and that schools, colleges and nurseries will fully reopen in the autumn term.

School attendance: guidance for schools

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Covers registers and attendance codes (including circumstances due to coronavirus (COVID-19)), school hours and term dates, and improving school attendance.

Change made
Added ‘Securing full attendance: support for schools and local authorities’ and updated details text to clarify how these documents can be used.

Changes to the adoption and children regulations: coronavirus (COVID-19)

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We are seeking views on proposed changes to the Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

Change made
Added consultation response, equalities impact assessment and children’s rights impact assessment.

Providing school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Guidance for schools and local authorities on school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Updated information on school food from September 2020, universal infant free school meals, additional costs incurred before summer 2020, school food contracts and free school meals eligibility. Also includes guidance on providing water in school and support for pupils who have to stay at home due to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes

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Secretary of State for Education issues a fifth notice to modify pupil registration requirements for temporary pupils during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added a fifth notice for September 2020.

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes

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Secretary of State for Education issues a fifth notice about changes to state-funded school inspections requirements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added a fifth notice for September 2020.

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

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What all schools will need to do during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak from the start of the autumn term.

Change made
Updated guidance to reflect the actions schools need to take before the start of the autumn term – the changes are described within the document and cover the use of face coverings in schools.

All possible measures to be taken before schools and colleges close

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New contingency planning guidance published for education settings in local lockdown areas

First published.

How schools can plan for tier 2 local restrictions

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This guidance is for decision makers at mainstream schools with secondary year groups, to help them plan a tier 2 rota model if required.

First published.

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Attendance in education settings since Monday 23 March and early years settings since Thursday 16 April.

Change made
Added ‘Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 27 August 2020’.

Attendance in education and early years settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak: 23 March to 27 August 2020

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A summary of attendance in education settings from Monday 23 March to Friday 17 July and early years settings from Thursday 16 April to Thursday 27 August.

First published.

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

32nd Seaward Licensing Round Appropriate Assessment

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Consultation on the Appropriate Assessment of Blocks applied for in the 32nd Seaward Licensing Round

Change made
Publication of final 32nd Seaward Licensing Round appropriate assessments

Offshore Energy Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA): An overview of the SEA process

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An explanation of the offshore SEA process, including documentation of the most recent assessment and related consultation.

Change made
Publication of the final 32nd seaward licensing Round appropriate assessments

Government launches review into future offshore oil and gas licensing regime

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Review will form part of aim to lead the way on tackling climate change and achieving net zero emissions by 2050

First published.

Cost of installing heating measures in domestic properties

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A study providing cost data for different heating appliances.

First published.

House prices, private sector rents and energy efficiency levels

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This paper sets out whether house prices and rents in the private rented sector reflect energy efficiency levels.

First published.

Oil and gas: environmental submissions and determinations

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Interested parties can review records of applications and statements submitted to OPRED as required by environmental regulations.

Change made
Weekly update to ‘Exclusions Tracking Spreadsheet’ and ‘PPC Applications spreadsheet’

Transforming heat: public attitudes research

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Findings from a survey of the British public on the transition to a low-carbon heating future.

First published.

Heat, energy efficiency, smart technology and health review

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A review of evidence from high-income countries on the relationships between heat, energy efficiency, smart technology and health.

First published.

The impact of solid wall insulation on property value

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A research project aiming to assess the magnitude and underlying cause of any change in price as a result of solid wall insulation.

First published.

Evaluation of the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) pilot scheme

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Findings from evaluation research into the administration, delivery and influence of the Heat Networks Investment Project (HNIP) pilot scheme.

Change made
Pilot impact evaluation added.

Domestic private rental sector minimum energy efficiency standards: interim evaluation

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Initial insights to understand how landlords and other stakeholders are responding to the regulations.

First published.

Time updated
12:37pm, 1 September 2020

Placing manufactured goods on the market in Great Britain from 1 January 2021

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What you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the GB market from 1 January 2021.

Change made
First published.

Placing manufactured goods on the EU market from 1 January 2021

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What you need to do to comply with regulations on manufactured goods you place on the market from 1 January 2021.

First published.

Using the UKCA mark from 1 January 2021

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Find out if you will need to use the new UKCA marking and how to use it.

First published.

Conformity assessment bodies: change of status from 1 January 2021

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How conformity assessment bodies will be affected from 1 January 2021.

First published.

Green Homes Grant scheme: register as a certified tradesperson or business

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How to carry out work under the Green Homes Grant scheme if you are a tradesperson or business.

First published.

Apply for the Green Homes Grant scheme

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Check if you’re eligible and see what improvements can be made to your home.

First published.

Potential of marine energy projects in Great Britain: call for evidence

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We’re seeking views on the potential of marine energy (including floating offshore wind, wave, tidal stream, tidal lagoons and barrages) in Great Britain.

First published.

Homeowners to see savings available under new Green Homes Grant scheme

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Homeowners and landlords can get funding to help pay for the cost of energy saving measures.

First published.

Consultation launched to support marine renewables

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The consultation will examine how the UK can build back greener through marine renewable projects across the country.First published.

BEIS: workforce management information, July 2020

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Reports on departmental staff numbers and costs.

First published.

BEIS: workforce management information

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Documents relating to workforce management information summary data for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Change made
Added data for July 2020.

Department for Education

Risk protection arrangement (RPA) summary provisioning analysis

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Summary risk provisioning analysis for the Department for Education.

First published.

School census 2020 to 2021: technical information

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Technical specification and validation rules for submitting 2020 to 2021 school census data.

Change made
Updated school census 2020 to 2021 business and technical information. Changes are explained in the version history.

Creating a culture: a review of behaviour management in schools

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Tom Bennett’s independent review on behaviour in schools and strategies to support effective behaviour cultures, and the government’s response.

Change made
Updated details and added link to further resources available.

Time updated
4:48pm, 2 September 2020

Additional payments for teaching: eligibility and payment details

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We give additional payments to some teachers to encourage them to stay in the profession. Check the rules for who can claim and how payments are made.

Change made
Updated ‘Teachers: claim back your student loan repayments – eligibility and payment details’ and ‘Claim a payment for teaching maths or physics – eligibility and payment details’ with information about the claims window reopening.

Claim a payment for teaching maths or physics

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Claim a maths and physics retention payment for the 2020 to 2021 academic year after tax (this may be subject to a small student loan deduction).

Change made
Added information about the claims window opening and a link to the claims service.

Teachers: claim back your student loan repayments

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Claim back the student loan repayments that you made while employed as a teacher in the 2019 to 2020 financial year.

Change made
Added information about the claims window reopening and a link to the claims service.

Public sector apprenticeship target

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Guidance for public bodies in scope of the public sector apprenticeship target.

Change made
Updated’ Meeting the public sector apprenticeship target’ document to show changes to school and Multi Academy Trust (MAT) reporting data. This was required to provide an annual report from 1 April 2019, subject to meeting headcount criteria.

Teacher subject specialism training (TSST): course directory

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Find and apply for free teacher subject specialism training in England, available in secondary mathematics, core maths, physics and modern foreign languages.

Change made
Removed Sandringham School (Hertfordshire) – this school no longer offers TSST.

DfE monthly workforce management information: 2020 to 2021

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Staff numbers and costs for the Department for Education (DfE) group for the financial year 2020 to 2021.

Change made
Added ‘DfE monthly workforce management information: July 2020’

Employers encouraged to sign up for apprentice cash boost

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New incentives launched to help businesses invest in the skills they need to recover and grow.

Change made
First published.

Termination warning notice to Chellaston Academy

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Termination warning notice issued to Peak Multi Academy Trust about Chellaston Academy by the Department for Education.

First published.

Letters to academy trusts about poor performance

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DfE letters to academy trusts about poor or inadequate performance or weaknesses in safeguarding, governance or financial management.

Change made
Added termination warning notice to Chellaston Academy,

Prompt payment data for DfE

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How long the Department for Education and its executive agencies take to pay invoices.

Change made
Added the document ‘Department for Education and executive agency prompt payment and performance data: 2020 to 2021’.

The risk protection arrangement (RPA) for schools

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Public sector schools can join the risk protection arrangement (RPA), an alternative to commercial insurance, which may save time and money.

Change made
Added ‘Academy trusts: RPA membership rules’ and ‘Church academies: RPA membership rules’ for September 2020.

Time updated
11:53am, 28 August 2020

Independent special schools and colleges

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Independent schools for pupils with special educational needs, including those approved under section 41 of the Children and Families Act.

Change made
An updated list of special schools and colleges approved under section 41 has been added.

School exclusion

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Statutory guidance on the exclusion of pupils from local-authority-maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units.

Change made
Updated the guidance on changes to the school exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, including changes to the exclusions process from 25 September 2020, clarification on the conditions for virtual governing boards and review panels and procedural guidance on virtual meetings.

Behaviour and discipline in schools

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How school staff can develop a behaviour policy. Includes checklists and resources to support full school opening during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Change made
Added links to further guidance and resources.

Creating a culture: a review of behaviour management in schools

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Tom Bennett’s independent review on behaviour in schools and strategies to support effective behaviour cultures, and the government’s response.

Change made
Updated details and added link to further resources available.

Department for International Trade

Road fuel prices: 31 August 2020

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Weekly prices of unleaded petrol and diesel.

First published.

Building materials and components statistics: August 2020

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Statistics and analysis on the construction sector for August 2020.

First published.

Weekly road fuel prices

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BEIS publishes road fuel price statistics providing average UK retail ‘pump’ prices on a weekly basis.

Change made
Road fuel prices for week commencing Monday 31 August 2020 published.

Government backs UK’s first quantum computer

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The UK’s first quantum computer to be commercially available to businesses will be located in Abingdon in Oxfordshire

First published.

Building materials and components: monthly statistics

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This collection brings together all documents relating to building materials and components monthly statistics.

Change made
We have added the Building materials and components statistics for August 2020.

International regulatory cooperation for a global Britain: government response to an OECD review

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Government response to the OECD review of international regulatory cooperation of the UK.

First published.

International regulatory cooperation strategy: call for evidence

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We’re seeking evidence to inform our future international regulatory cooperation strategy.

First published.

International regulatory cooperation for a global Britain

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Government sets out plans to create a more global approach to regulation in response to review by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

First published.

Carbon emissions limits in the Capacity Market

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Guidance on the reporting and verification mechanism for carbon emissions in the Capacity Market (CM).

First published.

Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) brokerage results

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Results of Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) brokerage which started on 15 January 2013.

Change made
Auction 191 (25 August 2020) did not take place because no lots were submitted.

Trade and Agriculture Commission (TAC)

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The Trade and Agriculture Commission is an independent advisory board set up to advise and inform the government’s trade policies.

Change made
Addition of meeting summary for second working meeting on 21 August 2020.

Cross-government Prosperity Fund programmes

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Prosperity Fund programmes aim to remove barriers to economic growth, and promote economic reform and development to reduce poverty in partner countries.

Change made
Link to Global Infrastructure Programme page added to collection documents. References to FCO and DFID programmes changed to FCDO.

Exporting to Iran

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A detailed guide for British businesses on developing their overseas trade and doing business in Iran.

Change made
Minor change

Trade advisory groups (TAGs)

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The groups were established in July 2020 in order to meet the requirements of the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) trade negotiations.

Change made
4 additional members added to Investment, Professional Advisory Services, Telecoms and Tech TAGs.

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