Reintegration and wider opening: resources for schools

What do schools need to consider in preparing for fuller opening following the disruption caused by Covid-19? Read below for useful resources and guidance


DfE guidance

For all the latest DfE documents around coronavirus, see coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for schools and other educational settings

Specific advice around the wider opening of schools includes:

Planning frameworks

The DfE have also published planning guidance to support schools in preparing for the return of more pupils.

Our planning for reintegration webinar looked at four aspects of school life:

  • leadership and management
  • the curriculum
  • pastoral matters
  • staff support and school culture.

Use the pointers and questions on the slides as a framework for discussion and planning.

Compliance questions

Once again schools are in unchartered waters and having to address a new array of questions and challenges. Education lawyers Browne Jacobson have published a back to school toolkit which includes a series of briefings and FAQs. Questions addressed include:

Risk management

Don’t feel you have to reinvent the wheel: use the DfE planning frameworks to update your existing risk register and health and safety assessment with new considerations as they arise.

For key questions and a process to follow, see our guidance on assessing risk: making your school safer.

The HSE’s risk management section also includes useful guidance, resources and templates.

Curriculum planning

Rather than diving headlong into closing academic gaps, pupils will probably need time and support to re-adjust and process the experience of the last months. Remember that everyone will have experienced the lockdown differently – don’t make assumptions about how people will feel.

See Barry Carpenter’s think piece on a recovery curriculum and accompanying podcasts for inspiration.


Sadly, some members of your school community are likely to have experienced bereavement due to Covid-19. For a better understanding of how children and young people are likely to experience grief, see Zoe Dale’s article supporting bereaved pupils: advice for staff. and the recorded workshop how to support pupils with bereavement.

You can find further resources at:

Last Updated: 
27 May 2020