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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: 'During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, can academy trust trustees’ terms of office be extended if they expire during school holidays?'

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Up-to-speed on: The Statutory Relationships, RSE and Health Education Guidance

Up-to-speed on: The Statutory Relationships, RSE and Health Education Guidance

The DfE has released the final version of the statutory guidance for three new subjects – relationships education, RSE and health education. This article breaks down what you need to know, including what subjects must be delivered, what subject matters need to be covered, and parents’ rights in relation to withdrawing their children from lessons.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Parent Survey

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Parent Survey

This survey can be used to gather information about different aspects of the school’s response to the coronavirus outbreak. The information gained from the survey can support the development of the school’s recovery plan and contingency planning moving forward.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Staff Wellbeing Survey

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Staff Wellbeing Survey

This survey can be used to gather information about different aspects of mental health and wellbeing and to identify any issues staff are experiencing.

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Live Online Lesson Risk Assessment

Live Online Lesson Risk Assessment

Created as a result of a 'Need Further Help?' request, this template addresses the risks that may arise during a live online lesson, and the measures that can be put in place to mitigate them.

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Up-to-speed on: Changes to 'Keeping children safe in education' (KCSIE) from September 2020

Up-to-speed on: Changes to 'Keeping children safe in education' (KCSIE) from September 2020

The DfE has released the final version of ‘Keeping children safe in education’ (KCSIE) that will be effective from September 2020 – this article breaks down the key changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Letter to Parents of Children Not in Returning Year Groups

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Letter to Parents of Children Not in Returning Year Groups

This letter, which was created as a result of a 'Need Further Help?' request, can be amended to outline the next steps of the school's phased reopening in line with the most up-to-date government guidance.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Governing Board Annual Report

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Governing Board Annual Report

This Coronavirus (COVID-19): Governing Board Annual Report enables governors to be open and transparent, be accountable to the school community and share key information about the work and priorities of the governing board during the coronavirus pandemic.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: 'How does the catch-up package work?'

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Pupil Annual Progress Reports Resource Pack

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Pupil Annual Progress Reports Resource Pack

Discover what information must be included in pupils’ end of year annual progress reports and what statutory information is not required this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wider Opening Handbook for Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Wider Opening Handbook for Parents

This handbook can be given to parents to provide them with details of the measures that are being put in place to ensure the safety of the school community as the school opens more widely.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: 'How do we manage staff who cannot or refuse to return to the school site?'

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: ‘Has the introduction of statutory relationships education, RSE and health education been delayed due to the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19)?'

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: ‘’What procedures should schools follow when receiving visitors during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?’’

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: " Can schools provide food when they start to reopen from 1 June?”

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Expert Insight Blog - Primary School Catering under Social Distancing Measures

Expert Insight Blog - Primary School Catering under Social Distancing Measures

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with CMC Catering Consultants

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening Plan

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Reopening Plan

We’ve created our reopening plan completely free of charge, to support you as you take the next steps.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: "Can schools merge their provider access statement and their careers programme information?" Get the answer here!

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: "What are the statutory requirements for end of year reports during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic?' Get the answer here!

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School Superheroes - Wall of Fame!

School Superheroes - Wall of Fame!

We want to hear your stories about superhero school staff doing amazing work in the midst of the coronavirus! Get in touch so we can add your story to our 'Wall of Fame!'

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recovery Phase Toolkit

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Recovery Phase Toolkit

We’ve created a range of resources completely free of charge, to support you as you take the next steps.

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Stress Management Leaflet for Pupils

Stress Management Leaflet for Pupils

This leaflet, which is specifically designed for pupils, explains what stress is, the causes of stress and how it can be reduced. Using child-friendly language, this leaflet is suitable to be given to pupils in order to help them understand and manage the emotions they may experience.

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Staff Stress Leaflet

Staff Stress Leaflet

This leaflet explores the symptoms of stress, tips for managing stress and where help can be sought from. A useful tool in these unprecedented times.

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In Conversation With...Chair of Governors, Amy Mossop

In Conversation With...Chair of Governors, Amy Mossop

We spoke to Amy Mossop about governance during the coronavirus pandemic. Amy has volunteered as a governor for nearly 10 years.

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Vaccinations in Schools

Vaccinations in Schools

In light of World Immunisation Week, this free download explains the processes a school must follow when hosting vaccinations

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Nut-free School - Letter to Parents

 Nut-free School - Letter to Parents

In light of Allergy Awareness Week, this downloadable letter informs parents of the new procedure their child's school will be implementing should the school have pupils who suffer from severe allergies.

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Expert Insight Blog - MAT budgeting: to centralise or not to centralise?

Expert Insight Blog - MAT budgeting: to centralise or not to centralise?

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with Will Jordan - Co-Founder of IMP Software, specialists in MAT budgeting systems.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Remote Learning Attendance and Task Completion Letter to Parents

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Remote Learning Attendance and Task Completion Letter to Parents

This letter template helps schools to remind parents about the importance of their child attending remote learning sessions and completing educational tasks during the partial closure of schools due to coronavirus.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week, we were asked: "In light of Coronavirus (COVID-19), do schools need to remain open on Good Friday or Easter Monday?” Get the answer here!

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What Schools Need to Know About Changes to Employment Legislation Under the ‘Good Work Plan’

What Schools Need to Know About Changes to Employment Legislation Under the ‘Good Work Plan’

Find out the latest updates and need-to-know information in this informative article

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Safeguarding and Coronavirus (COVID-19): DSL Compliance Update to Governors

Safeguarding and Coronavirus (COVID-19): DSL Compliance Update to Governors

This template can be used to provide the governing board with a safeguarding compliance update that reflects changes to the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy and safeguarding procedures

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Coronavirus: Safeguarding Considerations for Pupils Working from Home or in Partially Closed Schools

Coronavirus: Safeguarding Considerations for Pupils Working from Home or in Partially Closed Schools

This article provides schools with the essential safeguarding considerations they need to make whilst they are closed due to coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Social Distancing in School

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Advice for Social Distancing in School

To help you remain safe and continue to provide an education to pupils who need to continue to attend your school, we have put together this guide on social distancing.

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Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

Cyber Security: Keeping Your Electronic Data Secure

Your school keeps all kinds of personal and financial data that scammers would love to get their hands on. That’s why it’s important to protect your data with all the tools at your disposal.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs: Cancellation of Exams and Assessments

Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQs: Cancellation of Exams and Assessments

The government also decided to cancel all of the exams and assessments that were scheduled to take place this Summer. This article explains how pupils' grades will be calculated and what to expect in coming months.

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Bringing your Child to School Agreement

Bringing your Child to School Agreement

During uncertain times, it may be necessary for staff to bring their child to their place of work. Implement this agreement today to outline clear expectations with staff.

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Staff Mental Health Calendar

Staff Mental Health Calendar

This Staff Mental Health Calendar contains tips for members of staff to try to reduce their workplace stress and negative mental health, and to improve their overall wellbeing.

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Free Coronavirus Resources For Schools

Free Coronavirus Resources For Schools

Free resources for schools, including letter templates and advice, to help with coronavirus (COVID-19) related concerns and duties.

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Effectively Managing Staff Absence: A Good Practice Report

 Effectively Managing Staff Absence: A Good Practice Report

This report combines the good practice recommendations we have received from schools across the country, to help you to effectively manage staff absenteeism.

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Coronavirus: Potential School Closure Letter to Parents

Coronavirus: Potential School Closure Letter to Parents

This template can be used to outline to parents that a school may need to close due to the spread of coronavirus and the arrangements that will be in place to ensure pupils' education is not affected.

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Admissions Policy Consultation Letter

Admissions Policy Consultation Letter

Our letter can be used to inform interested parties that a consultation is being held regarding a school’s admission arrangements.

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Seven Steps for Engaging Teaching Staff in Your School's Marketing Strategy

Seven Steps for Engaging Teaching Staff in Your School's Marketing Strategy

This article outlines seven steps to get teaching staff engaged in your school's marketing strategy.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Control Measures Letter to Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Infection Control Measures Letter to Parents

This letter template helps school leaders to keep parents up-to-date with the latest coronavirus advice and outline any steps the school is taking.

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Can schools give pupils work to do at home if they have to close due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

Can schools give pupils work to do at home if they have to close due to the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)?

It is important that schools are prepared for the worst-case scenario. Learn how to prepare for school closure due to coronavirus with this QA.

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Letter to Parents – Pupils Forgetting PE Kits

Letter to Parents – Pupils Forgetting PE Kits

This letter template addresses parents regarding pupils forgetting to bring in their PE kits.

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Everything You Need to Know About Managing Sabbatical Leave Requests

Everything You Need to Know About Managing Sabbatical Leave Requests

This article breaks down everything school leaders need to know about employees’ rights to sabbaticals, alongside how to manage requests.

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Staff Wellbeing Report to Governors

Staff Wellbeing Report to Governors

Governing boards! Use this template to quickly but effectively request and facilitate an overview of the school’s staff wellbeing provision.

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Developing a Whole-School Approach to SEND

Developing a Whole-School Approach to SEND

Created in collaboration with a leading SEND expert,this article explains step-by-step how to implement a whole-school approach to supporting pupils with SEND.

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Coronavirus: Advice and Next Steps for Schools

Coronavirus: Advice and Next Steps for Schools

This article outlines the action that schools should take in response to the recent outbreak of coronavirus.

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The Use of Physical Restraint

The Use of Physical Restraint

Guidance from our SEND expert on the acceptable use of physical restraint, including when it can or cannot be used, records that must be kept, protection for staff members and more.

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