Schools and Covid-19: guidance and resources

With Covid-19 likely to continue impacting schools and pupils, find links to useful articles, resources and the latest government guidance

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DfE guidance

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

Key guidance documents include include the following:

Blended and remote learning

Although most pupils are back in the classroom, some may have to access remote learning at times. The remote education direction has been re-issued, meaning that all schools covered by the direction are required to provide high quality, remote education to pupils who cannot attend school due to Covid-19 e.g. they are self-isolating.

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) and the results of DfE's research into teachers' experiences of delivering remote education. Remember that all schools are required to publish information about their remote provision on the school website; this remote education template can be used. 

Curriculum planning

What will be your priorities in curriculum planning this year? These articles and resources may be of use.

See also the Education Endowment Foundation's School Planning Guide 2021, which aims to support school leaders in their decision-making. They propose a tiered model that focuses upon:

  1. high-quality teaching
  2. targeted academic support
  3. wider strategies.

Mental health, wellbeing and resilience

Supporting mental health and wellbeing of pupils and staff is a priority. Are you ready to spot the signs that pupils may be struggling? What are you doing to build resilience? And what are your strategies for promoting staff wellbeing?

For more ideas and resources, see the page pupil mental health and wellbeing: guidance for staff


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: 
30 Sep 2021