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COVID-19 workforce fund extended until spring half-term 2022 to support with costs of staff absences in schools and colleges


On Tuesday 30 November, the Department for Education reopened the COVID-19 workforce fund until the end of the autumn term. This has now been extended to provide financial support to eligible schools and colleges for absence costs incurred from Monday 22 November until the spring half-term 2022.


The fund is available to support schools and colleges facing the greatest staffing and funding pressures, to continue to deliver face-to-face, high-quality education to all pupils.


Further information on the COVID-19 workforce fund is available in our guidance for schools and colleges.