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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Top PR Tips on Dealing with Positive Cases Within Your School

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Top PR Tips on Dealing with Positive Cases Within Your School

Created in collaboration with our marketing expert, Daisy Heath-Abbott. This article outlines some useful tips to ensure you can deal with media attention surrounding coronavirus.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beyond: tips for managing child stress

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and beyond: tips for managing child stress

Read our latest expert insight blog from Neve Spicer, Founder & Director of WeTheParents.org. Here she talks about the ways in which to manage stress in children

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Up-to-speed on: What the National Lockdown Means for Schools

Up-to-speed on: What the National Lockdown Means for Schools

The DfE has released guidance on how schools should operate during the period of national lockdown. This article summarises what you need to know!

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Up-to-speed on: Returning to School in January 2021

Up-to-speed on: Returning to School in January 2021

This article breaks down what you need to know about returning to school for the Spring term

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Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s Inspections in 2020/2021

 Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s Inspections in 2020/2021

This article breaks down what you need to know about how Ofsted will conduct visits and inspections in the 2020/2021 academic year.

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Implementing Effective Wellbeing in Schools

Implementing Effective Wellbeing in Schools

Read our latest blog from Ross McWilliam, a former teacher, who has been a freelance trainer, keynote speaker and author for the past 10 years.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Steps to Planning and Conducting a Virtual Parents’ Evening

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Steps to Planning and Conducting a Virtual Parents’ Evening

This article outlines steps to help you plan and conduct a virtual parents’ evening that is engaging and effective for parents, staff and pupils.

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Up-to-speed on: Changes to What Schools Must Publish on their Websites

Up-to-speed on: Changes to What Schools Must Publish on their Websites

The DfE has updated its guidance for maintained schools and academies, free schools and colleges, regarding what they need to publish on their websites. This article breaks down what you need to know about the changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Should Schools Include on their Websites?

Coronavirus (COVID-19): What Should Schools Include on their Websites?

This article outlines which updates and information regarding coronavirus should be included on your school website, alongside other useful tips to ensure your school continues to stand out against competitors for the next cohort of pupils.

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Up-to-speed on: What Schools Need to Know About the Coronavirus National Restrictions from 5 Nov '20

Up-to-speed on: What Schools Need to Know About the Coronavirus National Restrictions from 5 Nov '20

The DfE has released guidance on how the national restrictions to control the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) impact schools. The measures come into effect from 5 November until 2 December. This article breaks down what schools need to know.

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Christmas Card Design Competition 2020!

Christmas Card Design Competition 2020!

Grab your paper & coloured pens and get into the festive spirit! Whether a snowy santa or a tinsel-topped tree, your design could be used on our Christmas card this festive season!

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rules Posters

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Rules Posters

These posters, designed to be displayed throughout your premises, clearly and effectively communicate the rules that pupils, staff and visitors should follow to help ensure your setting is COVID-secure.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Exams and Assessments in 2020/2021

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Exams and Assessments in 2020/2021

Recently updated with the latest on exams and assessments for 2021, find out all you need to know right here!

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Updated - Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s School Visits from Autumn 2020

Updated - Up-to-speed on: Ofsted’s School Visits from Autumn 2020

This updated article provides information on the briefing Ofsted have published following the completion of the pilot scheme for interim visits.

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8 Priorities for Subject Leaders in the 2020/2021 Academic Year

8 Priorities for Subject Leaders in the 2020/2021 Academic Year

This article will focus on the familiar issues affecting you and your subject in the year ahead, though with the caveat of recognising and commenting upon the significant impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and any related actions required.

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Managing Pupils' Mental Health in Schools

Managing Pupils' Mental Health in Schools

A degree of pressure and stress is inevitable in most pupils; however, when their stress becomes excessive, it can move pupils to a state where it begins to have an effect on their health and wellbeing. This article outlines what schools can do to help.

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Ofsted Inspection Update: October 2020

Ofsted Inspection Update: October 2020

This article outlines what has been highlighted to inspectors in the update, ensuring you are up-to-date with the latest on how Ofsted is conducting inspections.

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Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

Up-to-speed on: Teachers’ Pay

The ‘School teachers’ pay and conditions document’ (STPCD) 2020 confirms what uplifts have been made to teachers’ pay in 2020/2021.

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Up-to-speed on: How Ofsted Inspects the Teaching of the Protected Characteristics in Schools

Up-to-speed on: How Ofsted Inspects the Teaching of the Protected Characteristics in Schools

Ofsted has released guidance for its inspectors on evaluating how schools go about meeting their duties in relation to teaching the protected characteristics – this article breaks down the key points.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Testing and Self-isolation Advice to Staff and Parents

 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Symptoms, Testing and Self-isolation Advice to Staff and Parents

Schools can use this letter template to inform staff and parents about the latest advice regarding symptoms, self-isolation, getting tested, and the protective measures implemented in school.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opening School To All Pupils – Governing Board Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Opening School To All Pupils – Governing Board Update

As we enter the recovery phase of the pandemic and schools prepare to open to all pupils, the governing board should be kept up-to-date with the plans for reopening by the headteacher and SLT. This template can be used to provide governors with updates to the school’s plan to open to all pupils.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Risk Assessment for Full Opening in September

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Risk Assessment for Full Opening in September

Schools are being asked to welcome back all pupils from September, ensuring the risks from coronavirus (COVID-19) are managed while doing so. Our template risk assessment has been created in line with DfE guidance.

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week we were asked: 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): Should governing boards hold meetings remotely when gatherings of more than six people are disallowed?'

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QA of the week

This week we were asked: 'Are schools permitted to cover a pupil’s face in a photograph if they have not given consent for the photograph to be used?'

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QA of the Week

This week we were asked: 'Coronavirus (COVID-19): How should schools operate during a local lockdown?'

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Expert Insight Blog: Exam Results and GDPR – Could you be asked for results early?

Expert Insight Blog: Exam Results and GDPR – Could you be asked for results early?

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with Fusion HR

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Back-to-school Update: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the New Academic Year

Back-to-school Update: Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the New Academic Year

We have collated the key government updates into the video below to help get you up-to-speed on changes relating to coronavirus (COVID-19), safeguarding, Ofsted and more. Watch our latest video to get caught up on everything that happened over Summer!

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Up-to-speed On: Ofqual’s Proposed Changes To The Assessment Of GCSEs, AS and A-Levels In 2021

 Up-to-speed On: Ofqual’s Proposed Changes To The Assessment Of GCSEs, AS and A-Levels In 2021

This article summarises the main points you need to know in just over 5 minutes!

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Up-to-speed on: The ‘Contain Framework’, Rota Systems and Restricted Opening

Up-to-speed on: The ‘Contain Framework’, Rota Systems and Restricted Opening

Late on Friday 28th August, the DfE released new guidance on managing local outbreaks, known as the ‘contain framework’, which includes guidance on the potential use of rota systems in secondary schools. To get you up-to-speed, we’ve summarised the key points.

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Loaning School Devices Risk Assessment

 Loaning School Devices Risk Assessment

This risk assessment has been created to help schools to identify the risks that could arise from loaning school-owned devices to pupils.

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Up-to-speed on: 28th August Updates to the DfE’s ‘Guidance for Full Opening: Schools’

Up-to-speed on: 28th August Updates to the DfE’s ‘Guidance for Full Opening: Schools’

Late on Friday 28th August, the DfE updated their webpage ‘Guidance for full opening: schools’. To keep you up-to-speed, we’ve summarised the major changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Full School Reopening Letter to Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Full School Reopening Letter to Parents

By using this letter template, schools can inform parents about the protective measures that will be in place as part of their risk management plan to help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

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In Conversation with...TheSchoolBus Governance Lead, Nicki Wadley

In Conversation with...TheSchoolBus Governance Lead, Nicki Wadley

We spoke to Nicki about her experiences as a governor, find out what she had to say here!

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Expert Insight Blog: Top Tips for Online Recruitment

Expert Insight Blog: Top Tips for Online Recruitment

Read our latest expert insight blog in collaboration with Fusion HR

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Up-to-speed on: Proposed Changes to the ‘School Admissions Code'

Up-to-speed on: Proposed Changes to the ‘School Admissions Code'

The DfE has launched a consultation on a revised version of the statutory ‘School Admissions Code’ (the Code). The overarching changes that are being proposed aim to better support the in-year admission of vulnerable children. This article breaks down the key proposed changes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Priorities for Governing Boards Planning for the Remainder of the Summer Term and Beyond

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Six Priorities for Governing Boards Planning for the Remainder of the Summer Term and Beyond

Find out everything you need to know here!

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QA of the week

QA of the week

This week we were asked 'Can teachers record live lessons over video feeds?'

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Up-to-speed on: The Full Reopening of Schools in September

Up-to-speed on: The Full Reopening of Schools in September

This article outlines the key points of the DfE’s plan to open schools fully in September, to get you up-to-speed quickly, ensure you know what to expect and explain what you need to do next.

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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

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

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