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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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- The DfE has shared a press release regarding adaptations in 2022 summer exams to ensure fairness for students. Guidance is now available regarding proposed arrangements for vocational and technical qualifications, as well as consultation outcomes on proposed changes to assessment in 2022, and a further consultation has opened on contingency plans for 2022 (closing date 13 October).
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:
- accountability procedures 2021-22
- actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak (operational guidance document)
- education recovery support (summary of resources available to schools)
- operational guidance for special schools and specialist settings
- recovery premium funding.
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.
- 10 tips for providing constructive feedback remotely
- DBS checks for remote or online learning
- Effective remote learning: six keys to success
- Homeschooling for children and young people with SEND needs
- How to develop a remote learning strategy for self-isolating pupils and staff
- Keeping pupils engaged and motivated remotely
- Remote learning: compliance and best practice
- Remote learning for pupils with SEND: five tips
- Risk assessment and consent for live streaming
What will be your priorities in curriculum planning this year? These articles and resources may be of use.
- Consolidating and reviewing learning: task setting and assessment
- Planning for curriculum adjustments
- Preparing to use your catch-up premium
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:
- high-quality teaching
- targeted academic support
- wider strategies.
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.
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Last Updated:30 Sep 2021