Teacher Bulletin

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Thank you from Gavin Williamson

School leaders, teachers and support staff have been asked to go to extraordinary lengths to help this country step up to tackle coronavirus. Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson has written to all schools to say thank you for everything you’ve done over the last weeks – you can read the letter here.

Make sure you are receiving the right information from us

We are currently sending emails to schools most days to provide the latest coronavirus guidance. If your school isn’t receiving the daily email, please check which email address, if any, you have registered on our national database – Get Information About Schools (GIAS). Find out how to update your information.

We will also send out this Teacher Bulletin a few times per half term. It brings together some of the recent advice and information we’ve published. Your colleagues can subscribe to this Bulletin by following the link at the bottom of this email.

Funding to cover extra costs

We are making additional funding available for schools to cover the unique challenges and financial costs of the coronavirus outbreak.

This new funding will be provided on top of the core funding allocations for the 2020-21 financial year and will cover specific costs incurred as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Educational resources to support remote learning

Over the last two weeks, schools and teachers have stepped up to the challenging of keeping children learning remotely. To help you with remote lesson planning and support learning at home, we have published a set of high-quality resources, which will be updated over time.

Free school meals arrangements

We know that you are concerned about the impact of coronavirus on pupils who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals. We have published new guidance that explains what schools should do to make sure eligible pupils have continued access to free school meals where the pupil is not attending school.

Where to find more updates and guidance

You will always be able to find the most recent coronavirus updates for schools on our main GOV.UK page, which includes overarching guidance in the form of a Q&A, alongside further details on:

  • educational provision for vulnerable children and children of key workers
  • the closure of educational settings
  • the cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels
  • travel guidance
  • social distancing in education and childcare settings

Ofqual have also published their guidance on summer grades.

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