Reintegration and wider opening: resources for schools
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The government has announced the launch of a £1 billion Covid catch-up plan. This comprises:
- £650 million to be distributed to state schools as a 'catch up premium'
- £350 million for a National Tutoring Programme to increase access to high-quality tuition for disadvantaged children and young people.
The funding won't be available to schools until September.
The EEF has published a Covid-19 support guide for schools, designed in particular to support and inform schools’ decisions about how to use catch-up funding.
We await clarification on how the £650 million will be distributed to schools and what/if schools will have to do to demonstrate effective use of the funding.
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 the following.
- 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
- Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June
- Recording attendance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
- Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening
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
Star academies have collated a reopening schools toolkit which includes a number of resources and templates to support school leaders in planning for safe wider opening. The CST is also sharing example documents from trusts on their Knowledge Exchange.
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?
Use the DfE planning frameworks and SAGE guidance 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.
Do you have pupils with EHCPs? Download example risk assessments and get FAQs answered on ensuring the safe return of pupils with EHCPs.
BAMEed have published guidance for Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) staff and their employers in school settings, which includes an example staff risk assessment tool. Download the document from the BAMEed resources section. You can also refer to the government's review of disparities in risks and outcomes.
The HSE’s risk management section 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, along with preparing for pupils with SEND to return to school.
Of course, not all pupils will be physically returning to school in the summer term. See our remote learning resources for continuing support and check out Claire Gadsby's 10 ideas for tasks that consolidate and review learning.
Supporting mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff will be a priority for schools. Advisers on our Wellbeing Award for Schools have distilled their experiences with schools over recent months into an eight step downloadable framework for supporting emotional wellbeing during and after lockdown.
The video recording of David Beeney's workshop on managing the mental health of all provides useful guidance, for example a suggested process for line managers to follow when having a mental health conversation.
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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