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UPDATED Coronavirus - Guidance for Schools

Updated: Jul 3

Headteacherchat has been collecting official resources for school leaders impacted by COVID19.

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Hope you find this helpful. This is a work in progress. Please email me for additions or changes: admin@headteacherchat.com

Links to other pages on this site:

Action plan for reopening of schools

CPD Resources for School Staff

School Bus - Coronavirus Reopening Plan (Updated 18/05/2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recovery Phase Toolkit


Reopening Plan template for schools, created by sector specialists in collaboration with leading companies and charities.


Education Updates

Government advice on Coronavirus

Department for Education coronavirus helpline:

This helpline is available to answer questions relating to education. It is available to staff, parents and young people.

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated 2nd July

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated 2nd July

Guidance for other providers

Early years and childcare: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 17 June 2020

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 2 July 2020

Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 2 July 2020

Day-to-day running of a school

Guidance for full opening: schools

Updated 3 July 2020

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated 3 June 2020

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020

Updated 16 June 2020

Preparing for the wider opening of schools from 1 June

Updated 15 June 2020

Managing school premises during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated 18 May 2020

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 30 June 2020

COVID Summer Food Fund

Updated 30 June 2020

Using clusters and hubs to maintain educational provision

Updated 24 April 2020

Recording attendance during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 28 May 2020

School attendance: guidance for schools

Updated 29 May 2020

Changes to the school exclusion process during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 29 May 2020

Safe working and protective measures

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings

Updated 1 June 2020

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care

Updated 16 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer travel guidance for passengers

Updated 29 June 2020

Safeguarding, vulnerable children and young people

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers

Updated 20 May 2020

Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Updated 15 May 2020

Special educational needs and disability (SEND)

Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings

Updated 2 July 2020

Supporting children and young people with SEND as schools and colleges prepare for wider opening

Updated 18 June 2020

Education, health and care needs assessments and plans: guidance on temporary legislative changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 26 June 2020

Remote education and online learning

Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 29 June 2020

Teaching during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 22 May 2020

Online education resources for home learning

Updated 24 June 2020

Finance and administration

Changes to the admission appeals regulations during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated 22 April 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): financial support for education, early years and children’s social care

Updated 27 May 2020

Accountability and data collections

Coronavirus (COVID-19): reducing burdens on educational and care settings

Updated 26 June 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): school and college performance measures

Updated 8 April 2020

School governance update

Updated 4 June 2020

Exams and assessments

Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020

Updated 22 May 2020

Awarding qualifications in summer 2020

Updated 2 July 2020

School reports on pupil performance: guide for headteachers

Updated 18 June 2020

Residential settings

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

Updated 27 May 2020

Teacher training

Coronavirus (COVID-19): initial teacher training (ITT)

Updated 5 June 2020

Induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak

Updated May 2020

Changes to regulations or legislation

Disapplication notice: school attendance legislation changes

Updated 29 June 2020

Disapplication notice: school inspections legislation changes

Updated 29 June 2020

Modification notice: school registration legislation changes

Updated 29 June 2020

Modification notice: education, health and care plans legislation changes

Updated 29 June 2020

Public Health England


Teaching Resources



Free School Meal Vouchers

Email freeschoolmeals@edenred.com

The phone line is 03334005932 (This is the national rate number)


Guidance for school leaders

Read joint union coronavirus advice -


Latest video update -


Queries about COVID 19 -



Updates https://neu.org.uk/coronavirus-what-we-say-today

Press releases on the five tests - https://neu.org.uk/press-releases/5-tests-government-before-schools-can-re-open

Watch the video about a letter to Boris Johnson https://neu.org.uk/coronavirus#video-gallery

Reports on coronavirus - https://neu.org.uk/media/10436/view

Planning Guide for Primary Schools form NEU/GMB/Unison/Unite https://neu.org.uk/planning-guide-primary-schools?fbclid=IwAR3Xi8GMj7MTXEyKqhH12xyaNOBbbQVom-CXUsJIJhS_96J8YUxjkV-yxvU


Guidance for college leaders

Opening schools and colleges more widely - https://www.ascl.org.uk/Help-and-Advice/Leadership-and-governance/Health,-safety-and-safeguarding/Coronavirus-essential-information/Coronavirus-FAQs/Opening-schools-and-colleges-more-widely

Weekly webinars https://www.ascl.org.uk/professional-development/Team-ASCL-webinar



Operational Advice During Partial School Closures https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/advice/health-safety/coronavirus-guidance/operational-advice-during-partial-school-closures.html

Requirements for Reopening of Schools https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/advice/health-safety/coronavirus-guidance/requirements-for-reopening-of-schools.html

Coronavirus FAQs https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/advice/health-safety/coronavirus-guidance/coronavirus-faqs.html

Arrangements for Remote Teaching, Learning and Support https://www.nasuwt.org.uk/advice/health-safety/coronavirus-guidance/arrangements-for-remote-teaching-learning-support.html

BAME ED Network

Guidance for BAME Staff and their Employers



Update on cancelling inspections



Well-Being Updates

Education Support Website Helpline - 0800 562561

Chartered College


Mental Health and wellbeing resources


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