Latest Updates from DfE on Covid-19 

Public Health England has published new advice to support mental health during the Coronavirus outbreak.

Public Health England has also updated the Every Mind Matters platform with specific advice on maintaining good mental wellbeing during the outbreak.

Online safety away from school
The department is providing separate guidance on providing education remotely. It will set out 4 key areas that leaders should consider as part of any remote learning strategy. This includes the use of technology. Recently published guidance from the UK Safer Internet Centre on safe remote learning and from the London Grid for Learning on the use of videos and livestreaming could help plan online lessons and/or activities and plan them safely.

DfE Guidance on safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

DfE Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

DfE policy statement regarding COVID-19 for all ITT partnerships

Government Stay Home, Save Lives – Public Information Materials

Government Fraud Control in Emergency Management: COVID-19 UK Government Guidance

National Cyber Security Centre Guidance on spotting suspicious emails

Social distancing guidance for education and childcare settings

Social distancing guidance for everyone in the UK

Guidance on shielding and protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19

Isolation for residential educational settings

Cleaning of non-healthcare settings

New rules on staying at home and away from others

Physical distancing

Self-isolation

Household isolation

Pupil attendance

From Monday 23 March, educational settings will need to temporarily change their attendance recording practices. To minimise the burden on educational settings and ensure that only the most important information is submitted, settings must:

  • Stop taking their normal attendance registers.
  • Complete this spreadsheet to record attendance for all children at the educational setting.
  • Use the information in the spreadsheet to complete this short form notifying the Department for Education about your status regarding COVID-19. The form should be submitted by midday each weekday.

FAQs – guidance for schools about temporarily closing 

Vulnerable children and young people

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision (which gives the key worker definitions) and the information for parents.

DfE’s Free School Meal Guidance for Schools.

Guidance for educational settings

Travel guidance for educational settings;

FAQs on the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

The Department for Education has launched a new helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)

The latest guidance for education settings is available here.

Charities are urged to check the most up to date advice on Coronavirus, COVID-19. – Read here


Stone King LLP

Coronavirus (COVID-19) New Guidance published on managing supplier arrangements in challenging times

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Legal Advice & FAQs for Schools


PLMR
PLMR (CST’s platinum partner) has set up a Coronavirus Advisory Team. You can get in touch on 0207 622 9529 or email Oliver.Lane@plmr.co.uk, Nathan.Hollow@PLMR.co.uk or Emma.Divers@PLMR.co.uk

It is important that schools and trusts are a reassuring voice. As PLMR says, in a world of social media and 24 hour news, it is easy for people to panic in situations like this, particularly when reports of worse-case scenarios are making the headlines and rumours fly unchecked. In practice, this means keeping up-to-date with the latest advice and keeping everything as ‘normal’ as it can be while continuing to safeguard children and young people and make contingency plans for school closures and the potential impact on examinations.

If a school in your trust faces an outbreak, as with any communications challenge, if you’re in doubt about what to do and how best to communicate to parents and other key audiences, then consider seeking professional support.


Browne Jacobson LLP

Whilst School Trust Boards may be familiar with some of the procedures that academy trusts can use to make decisions between Board meetings with the developing Coronavirus (COVID19) situation over the coming weeks, school trusts (whether their schools are open or closed) may need to make important and urgent decisions. This pack has been prepared by Browne Jacobson to support you with that task.  For any queries, please contact Browne Jacobson (education@brownejacobson.com.)

Browne Jacobson have also put together COVID-19 related frequently asked questions. These outline the key concerns that they have received from schools and academies across the country. They are continuing to monitor the evolving situation and will endeavour to keep this page up-to-date to provide the sector with a steer.