Reintegration and wider opening: resources for schools
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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:
- Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings
- Explanatory note on SAGE modelling
- Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers
- Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June
The DfE have also published planning guidance to support schools in preparing for the return of more pupils.
- Planning guide for early years and childcare setting (includes template letter for parents and carers)
- Planning guide for primary schools
- Opening schools for more children and young people: initial planning framework for schools in England
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.
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:
- Who is responsible for deciding whether or not your school(s) should re-open?
- Should clinically vulnerable staff return to school?
- Can I direct teachers to teach different classes?
- What do we do if the parents refuse to send their children back to school?
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.
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.
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