Schools and Covid-19: guidance and resources

With schools moving to mainly remote learning in January, find links to useful articles, resources and the latest government guidance

Week commencing 18/01/21

DfE guidance

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

Recent guidance includes the following:

*Note that the consultation on exam grades closes 11:45pm on 29 January 2021.

Blended and remote learning

January 2021 sees most pupils accessing learning from home. Experiences so far mean that we have a better understanding of what makes for effective remote learning. Check out the following articles for ideas, along with Ofsted's guide to what's working well in remote education (which includes some helpful myth-busting).

Curriculum planning

Maintaining a consistent approach to curriculum planning is a particular challenge this year, with pupils in and out of school and uncertainty around exams. These articles and resources may be of use.


Keeping in touch with parents is even more important in difficult or challenging times. These five tips for communicating with parents and building trust include a downloadable template to help you coordinate messages.

It's also a good time to revisit your communication strategies during remote working.

Mental health, wellbeing and resilience

Supporting mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff is a priority for schools. Are you ready to spot the signs that pupils may be struggling?

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.

You can find further resources at:

Last Updated: 
20 Jan 2021