Funding to support schools and colleges during the COVID-19 pandemic

Schools and colleges facing the greatest combined staffing and funding pressures will be able to claim for funding support through a new, short-term COVID workforce fund. It is designed for schools and colleges facing significant funding pressure and will cover the costs of high levels of staff absence over a minimum threshold, to help ensure schools and colleges can remain open. The fund will be backdated to 1 November and cover the current half term. Detailed guidance is due to be published shortly.

Read more about the funding announcement on GOV.UK.

Updated contingency framework for all education settings

This framework sets out how government would manage the exceptional circumstances in which further restrictions were required on education to help contain virus transmission within a community.

Any restrictions on education would only be as a last resort and may only be initiated following a ministerial decision. The framework is designed to set out how such restrictions would be implemented as a containment measure for the rare circumstances in which they are required to address transmission within education settings and the community.

Read more about the updated contingency framework guidance on GOV.UK.


Celebrating teaching on The One Show

All last week, we celebrated this year’s Teaching Awards, with Gold winners announced each night on the BBC One Show. We are proud partners of the Teaching Awards Trust; if you know a classroom hero, you can nominate them for next year’s awards.

A massive congratulations the 14 Gold Award winners! We also sponsor two of the awards: Outstanding New Teacher and Lifetime Achievement – well done to Kirsty Gaythwaite from Goodwin Academy and Dr Paul Phillips from Weston College on their Awards.

Do you know a classroom hero? ​You can nominate them for next year’s awards or send a free Thank a Teacher card to a headteacher, senior leader, teacher or member of support staff for all they have done to support our young people this year.

Dealing with staff absences

We know that schools are doing everything they can to deal with higher levels of staff absence than normal. However, we want to make sure that the guidance is clear and that you are aware of all of the options available to you.

You can find full details in the workforce section of the full opening guidance on GOV.UK, but we’ve pulled out some of the key points in a helpful document that you can download and share.

Get help with remote education

We have worked with sector leaders to create a package of resources designed to support your remote education planning and delivery. You can access all of these resources from this dedicated page on GOV.UK and we’ve created a summary of the materials that you can download and share.

More support for the new RSHE curriculum

To help schools implement the new Relationships, Sex and Health Education curriculum from Sept 2020, we have created a page for teachers on GOV.UK, which brings together:

  • the statutory guidance which schools need in order to plan their RSHE curriculum
  • non-statutory guidance, designed to provide teachers with further clarity and practical advice on teaching the new curriculum
  • teacher training modules, which aim to help teachers identify the core knowledge pupils may be taught as part of RSHE, and to share this through peer training. These have been developed with subject matter experts and teachers. Since launching the page, we have recently updated new modules covering Healthy Eating, Physical Health & Fitness and Families.

Whilst RSHE subjects are now compulsory, DfE published a statement on GOV.UK in July to reassure schools that they have flexibility within the first year of compulsory teaching, while being clear that we expect schools to start teaching the new curriculum as soon as they are ready and at least by the summer term 2021.

Get help identifying and supporting young carers

The Children’s Society and Carers Trust have created a resource to help school staff understand the challenges that young carers are experiencing during the COVID-19 outbreak and offer practical guidance on how to support young carers.

Helpline for school staff to support children dealing with abuse

Operation Encompass has set up a Teachers’ Helpline to assist school staff supporting children who may be dealing with domestic abuse.

Funded by the Home Office, the helpline will be available weekdays from 8am to 11am throughout term-time and will provide school staff with the opportunity for guidance, information and support from Educational Psychologists.

For more information and resources, please visit the Operation Encompass website.

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