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Coronavirus support for schools

Please be assured of our support to our church schools across the diocese in these extraordinary times.

We have listed below some useful websites and resources. If we can be of any help, please do contact us

Guidance and advice for Schools

Guidance and resources for Governors

Useful Resources (RE/CW, Wellbeing)

Bereavement Resources

Child Wellbeing


Guidance and Advice

DfE Coronavirus Helpline
Phone: 0800 046 8687

Ofsted: Guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers

DfE: Reporting to parents at the end of key stages 1 and 2 - guidance for schools on writing statutory end of year reports for parents (21 May 2020)

DfE: School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers on writing statutory end of year reports for parents (21 May 2020)

DfE: Case studies: remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19) - examples of practice for remote education from schools and academies across England

DfE: Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children (21 May 2020)

DfE: Help secondary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) - advice for parents and carers supporting the home learning of secondary school children (year 7 to 11) (21 May 2020)

Public Health England (PHE) advice:

DfE: Safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers - guidance for schools and colleges to support them keeping children safe, including online, during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (updated 20 May 2020)

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carer (updated 20 May 2020)

DfE: Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak (Updated 18 May 2020)

DfE: Managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak - Schools continue to be responsible for a range of health and safety measures and statutory compliance (updated 18 May 2020)

DfE: Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, pupils and students (updated 15 May 2020) 

DfE: Guidance on free school meals (updated 15 May 2020)

DfE: Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June - a planning guide for primary school leaders to help prepare them to open their schools for more pupils during the coronavirus outbreak (14 May 2020)

DfE: Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care - preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak (14 May 2020)

DfE: Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings (updated 14 May 2020)

DfE: Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 (updated 12 May 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings (updated 12 May 2020)

DfE: Remote education practice for schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)
This guidance issued on 5 May provides best practice for remote learning. It outlines some approaches that have worked for schools and includes case studies and information about supporting pupils’ wellbeing; adapting teaching practice and the curriculum for remote working; and keeping pupils motivated and engaged.

NAHT: Coronavirus guidance for school leaders

ASCL: Coronavirus essential information,-safety-and-safeguarding/Coronavirus-update

The Key for School Leaders: Coronavirus (COVID-19) – leading your virtual school

ACAS: advice for employers and employees on Coronavirus

Church of England: Coronavirus (COVID-19) liturgy and prayer resources

Suffolk Learning - latest news and alerts, including Suffolk Headlines - e-newsletter issued to schools with the latest news and updates from SCC on COVID-19

Resources/guidance for Governors

DfE governance update providing the latest advice on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and how this relates to the role of those on governing and trust boards and clerks/governance professionals (updated 15 May 2020).

A virtual governance model policy issued by Schools' Choice

Detailed guidance on setting up and holding virtual meetings published by GovernorHub

The NGA's latest guidance on Governing in challenging circumstances - Business continuity and holding virtual meetings 

Guidance for ministers - general guidance for ministers navigating themselves, and their congregations, through the Coronavirus crisis

National Cyber Security Centre guidance on how to set up and use video conferencing services, safely and securely.


Useful Resources

Faith at Home - national campaign from the Church of England to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Resources and activities will be available each week on a different theme aimed at school leaders, parents and church leaders. Resources for the first week's theme of hope and the second week on courage are now available.

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership is offering five free network sessions to school leaders exploring the concepts in the Called, Connected, Committed document as well as weekly mailouts with resources and a reflection.  For further information and to register for the network sessions please click here. To subscribe to the mailouts, please click here.

Oak National Academy - the online classroom provides a sequenced plan of video lessons and curricular resources for teachers, as well as parents and their children.

DfE: List of online education resources for home education - The list includes subject-specific resources for: English; Maths; Science; PE; Wellbeing; Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); and are currently being offered for free.

UCL: Free online learning resources -  University College London has compiled a list of resources helpful to teachers, school leaders, parents/carers and young people.

Education Endowment Foundation - Covid-19 Resources: Supporting schools and parents to make the most of home learning

Leadership resources - from the Ambition Institute - themes include promoting equality, school culture, developing others, raising aspirations of children, finding and keeping staff, headteacher impact, engaging parents and wellbeing. (The Ambition Institute is a graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders, serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose programmes aim to support educators at every stage.)

The Ambition Institute are running a summer series of free practical training webinars and virtual roundtables to address the current challenges schools are facing. For more, please click here.

Collective worship ideas planned by the Diocese of Guildford and designed for children to do at home, if they want to

Resources for RE support through the coronavirus crisis - RE Today, in parentship with NATRE, have produced a series of free, quality-assured online resources to support parents and their children with the provision of RE activities for use during the coronavirus crisis. Includes seven resources for each Key Stage including home learning activities about Easter, Bible stories and other festivals.

Prayer Spaces at Home - beautiful accessible ideas for prayer spaces at home.

Mentally Healthy Schools has a free toolkit with resources and tips to help address anxiety

Supporting Good Mental Health: The Church of England's mental health reflections booklet

Prayers for When You Feel Anxious: coloring pages from Illustrated Ministry

Active Coping Calendar: Daily actions to look after yourselves and each other during this global crisis

100 things to do indoors: A great way to keep yourself and your family occupied during these uncertain times

Fischy Music - online assemblies every Monday at 11am and parents and carers can access songs at home to help children during school closures.


Bereavement Resources

Please click here to see a list of bereavement resources and also bereavement guidelines for church schools and community schools.

‘Never the Same’ School Leadership Resources for Grief, Bereavement and Loss - based on the Church of England Vision for Education


Child Wellbeing

If you have wellbeing concerns over children being cared for at home, do contact the support agencies. For further details, please click here


Last updated 22 May 2020.