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Webinar: Planning for reintegration

What do school leaders need to consider in planning for reintegration after the disruption to normal schooling caused by Covid-19? Richard Sutton shares a framework


Richard has more than 30 years' experience of working in schools. He has 12 years' experience as a head and deputy headteacher, and for the past seven years he has been providing school improvement advice to a wide range of primary, secondary and...

Webinar purpose

  • Provide schools with information to begin planning for pupils returning to school.
  • Share national thinking with respect to preparing to fully open schools again.
  • Give opportunities to share best practice, ask questions and make suggestions.

The presentation is in four sections.

1. Leadership and management, including:

  •     planning
  •     staff and timetable
  •     governance
  •     safeguarding.

2. The curriculum, including:

  •     vulnerable groups
  •     special education needs.

3. Pastoral matters, including:

  •     pupil mental health
  •     transition
  •     school uniform.

4. Staff support and re-establishing the school culture and ethos.

Use these headings and the accompanying questions to start getting your reintegration plans down on paper.

Listen to the webinar recording

Note: the webinar recording took place on 29 April 2020 and prior to any announcements re specific dates or arrangements for schools physically re-opening to all pupils.

Deal with what you know

During the session, attendees discussed the stress and anxiety that many were under as headteachers. Speculation (e.g. around dates for schools to fully re-open) in the press and social media can make this worse. Try and focus on the facts, based on information from the government and DfE, and plan for what you know.

See the DfE guidance actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 (includes initial planning framework).

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Last Updated Date: 
27 Jun 2022