Coronavirus guidance for teachers

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. If you are an Edapt subscriber will we be able to support you throughout this crisis as well as when you eventually return to school. We’re working round the clock to bring you the latest information and keeping you informed.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed and anxious and need to talk to someone you can contact Education Support for 1-1 support and advice.

Schools will be closed (expect for children of key workers and vulnerable children)

The Department for Education (DfE) explains that all schools, colleges and other education settings closed from Friday 20th March, except for children of key workers and vulnerable children.

These are workers in:

  • Health and social care, including doctors, nurses, midwives, paramedics, social workers, care workers, and other frontline health and social care staff
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services including those essential to the running of the justice system, religious staff, charities and workers delivering key frontline services, “those responsible for the management of the deceased”, and journalists and broadcasters who provide public service broadcasting
  • Local and national government
  • Food and other necessary goods, including those involved in food production, processing, distribution, sale and delivery
  • Public safety and national security, including police and support staff; Ministry of Defence civilians, contractor and armed forces personnel; fire and rescue service employees, border security, prison and probation staff and other national security roles
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

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”.

Your school should be keeping you up-to-date with any responsibilities for on-going remote teaching and learning and your expectations while at home. If you are uncertain of your role and responsibilities while school is closed we would recommend contacting your line manager or headteacher for further clarification.

The DfE have launched a helpline and email address for school staff and leaders to help manage the spread of Coronavirus. The contact details are below:

We contacted the DfE for additional advice. A spokesperson explained that teachers should follow advice from their headteachers and adhere to government guidance.

Will I still be paid if my school is closed?

If you are an Edapt subscriber and are concerned about your pay we will be able to support you. You can contact us for advice and guidance.

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