Coronavirus support

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 for schools

DfE Coronavirus Helpline
Phone: 0800 046 8687

DfE: Education and childcare - Guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students  includes New National Restrictions from 5 November 2020, guidance and shared practice for schools teaching remotely, resources to support home learning, re-opening schools in September, exams, protective measures to keep children safe, free school meals, supporting mental health and wellbeing, SEND, safeguarding (updated daily)

Ofsted: Guidance and information relating to COVID-19 - for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers (updated 3 November 2020)

Education Endowment Foundation: COVID-19 support guide for schools 2020-21 - offers practical, evidence-based guidance to support schools in the busy and unpredictable year ahead (updated 28 August 2020)

SCC: Action to be taken by all schools including academies (version 5 November 2020)

Recovery, Re-introduction and Renewal: A Handbook for Schools and Educational Settings Following Critical Incidents - five guiding principles of recovery and a graduated response framework for schools to use in planning the return to school at individual, group and whole-school level

NAHT: Coronavirus guidance for school leaders

ASCL: Coronavirus essential information

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

Guidance and resources 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 8 October 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 are available on different themes aimed at school leaders, parents and church leaders.

Series Two (autumn 2020) on how do we flourish together - each session will centre around an encounter Jesus has with someone in the Bible. There will be resources for Years Reception-Year 4, Years 5-8 and Years 9-13. Please use link above and select school leader, parent or church leader.

Series One (summer 2020) - Themes: Hope, Courage, Love, Humility, Patience, Resilience, Kindness, Generosity, Vulnerability, Compassion and Flourishing. Please use link above and select school leader, parent or church leader.

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership is providing weekly mailouts of the concepts in the Called, Connected, Committed document with resources and a reflection.  For more information or 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 ran 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 and songs available for schools and parents

Coronavirus Covid-19 information and support -  The Children's Society has a range of support materials for young people, parents and schools in their mental and emotional health resource 'vault' 

Preparing your child for returning to school - Royal College of Occupational Therapists advice

Supporting post-lockdown education using the 6 principles of Nurture by Dr Chris Moore - looks at the principles of good nurture groups in supporting children back into school

Return to school resources - Place2Be has put together a series of resources focused on community recovery, to help headteachers and school staff beginning to bring their schools back together.

Back to school with SCARF - Coram Life Education has launched a free online toolkit for primary school teachers, supporting pupils’ mental health as they adjust to a new school environment post-lockdown. 

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

Guide for schools: Talking to children about illness and death during the pandemic - University of Oxford

Talking to children about illness and death of a loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic - The Lancet

Talking to children about illness - The British Psychological Society

Child wellbeing

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

Contact details | PDF


Last updated 12 November 2020.