COVID-19

Coronavirus guidance for teachers

The Department for Education (DfE) explains that all schools, colleges and other education settings will be closed from Friday 20th March, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children. This year’s summer exam series and SATs tests will also not go ahead, with ministers pledging to work with the exams regulator “to ensure children get the qualifications that they need”.

Coronavirus: can teachers refuse to attend school?

Some teachers might feel they do not want to attend school because of the risk of Coronavirus and potentially infecting family and friends. ACAS explains that employers should listen to any concerns staff may have. The organisation also explains that if an employee refuses to attend work, it could result in disciplinary action. 

Coronavirus: exams and assessment

The Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed it will use teacher assessments to provide calculated grades for pupils this year. The aim is to provide grades to students before the end of July. They will be “indistinguishable from those provided in other years”, and pupils will have a chance to resit an exam if they don’t think the grade is fair.

Coronavirus: meeting expectations set from school

If school staff have concerns about what is expected of them the first course of action is to speak to their line manager or headteacher and ascertain what is expected of them before taking the necessary steps to work out how that might be achieved.

Coronavirus: primary teaching resources

The Department of Education (DfE) explains it has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils. They are currently being offered for free.

Coronavirus: QTS and NQTs

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirmed that trainee teachers who miss out on their full complement of school training hours because of school closures will still qualify as teachers. Mr Williamson said he would be prepared to waive normal requirements to gain QTS for trainees.

Coronavirus: school governors

The DfE advises against governing bodies meeting in person, and to instead adopt alternative arrangements, for example, by using video or teleconferencing applications. These may include but are not limited to: Skype, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.

Coronavirus: secondary teaching resources

The Department of Education (DfE) explains it has brought together a list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. These websites have been identified by some of the country’s educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils. They are currently being offered for free.

Coronavirus: social distancing in schools

The Department for Education (DfE) has produced guidance on how to implement social distancing in schools. Ensure class sizes reflect the numbers of teaching staff available and are kept as small as possible.

Coronavirus: staffing and school opening hours

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for schools about closing temporarily. It includes a range of FAQs which outline details on staffing and opening hours for schools. We expect more detailed guidance to be published soon and will update this article accordingly. 

Coronavirus: steps to fully reopen schools in September

From September (Autumn term), it will be the plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time. In this article, we provide an overview of the government’s ‘Guidance for full opening for schools’ available on GOV.UK primarily looking at the implications for school staff.

Coronavirus: supply teachers

The Department explains that support available for supply teachers and other temporary workers will depend on their employment status and individual circumstances. 

Coronavirus: what does furlough actually mean?

Many of us have probably not heard of the term furlough before the coronavirus pandemic. The Oxford English Dictionary definition of ‘furlough’ is a “leave of absence, especially that granted to a member of the armed services; to “grant [a] leave of absence to” and to “lay off (workers), especially temporarily.”

Coronavirus: who are keyworkers?

Parents whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined below. Many parents working in these sectors may be able to ensure their child is kept at home.

COVID-19: Mental health support

Managing your mental health is important during the COVID-19 crisis. We know that this will be a worrying time and you will be concerned about your role, income as well as supporting your pupils and wider school community.

Reopening of schools FAQs

The UK government has stated that it may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of schools to get primary pupils back into school, in stages, beginning with reception, Year 1 and Year 6 from June 1st. The government’s ambition is for all primary school children to return to school before the summer for a month if feasible.

Safeguarding teachers and pupils online

You might be concerned about safeguarding issues when teaching pupils remotely from home. In this article we summarise advice from the Department for Education (DfE) and link to useful resources to support.

Tutoring catch-up plan for schools

Tutoring will be at the forefront of a "catch-up plan" for pupils. The government will spend £1 billion on an education “catch-up plan”, with a large chunk of the cash going directly to schools.