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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: '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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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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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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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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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

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

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

Full Ofsted inspections will not resume until January 2021; however, Ofsted has released details of its “phased return to inspections” that will start with an interim period of school visits during the Autumn term. This article breaks down what you need to know.

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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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