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


Additional funding

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.

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 the following.

Planning frameworks

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

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.

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

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.

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, 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.

Mental health, wellbeing and resilience

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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Last Updated: 
24 Jun 2020