Up-to-speed on: Statutory ‘Cost of school uniforms’ Guidance
The DfE has published new statutory guidance on how schools should ensure the cost of school uniforms is reasonable and secures the best value for money. This article breaks down what you need to know and the actions you need to take.Read here!
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Pupil Vaccination Invitation Letter to Parents
The UK Health Security Agency has created a ‘COVID-19 vaccination: invitation letter template for eligible school children'. We advise that schools use the UK Health Security Agency’s template.Read here!
Up-to-speed on: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions in the Autumn Term
This article breaks down what you need to know about the updates to the DfE’s ‘Schools COVID-19 operational guidance’ regarding the easing of certain coronavirus restrictions in step 4 of the roadmap out of lockdown.Read here!
Up-to-speed on: What the Lifting of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions Means for Schools
This article breaks down what you need to know about the update to the DfE’s ‘Schools COVID-19 operational guidance’, regarding the easing of certain restrictions for schools from 19 July.Read here!
What can schools do to combat the risk of cyber-attacks?
After a rise in cyber-attacks towards the end of February, cyber security in education settings has been an area of increasing concern recently. Our article breaks down what schools can do to combat the risk of cyber-attacks.Read here!
Up-to-speed on: Changes to Ofsted’s Inspection Handbooks
From 4 May, some inspections will restart and will take place on site. Ofsted has updated their inspection handbooks to reflect changes to inspection methods due to the coronavirus pandemic. This article breaks down what schools need to know.Read here!
Top tips for MATs preparing for their academies budget forecast return
An experts insights blog written by Will Jordan, Co-Founder of IMP Software, specialists in MAT budgeting systems, outlining some top tips for MATs preparing for their academies budget forecast returnRead here!
Safeguarding During These Times
This blog was written by Safeguarding & Child Protection Consultant, Trainer, Author and Troubleshooter, Anne-Marie Christian. Since 2010, Ann Marie has independently supported hundreds of organisations in strengthening their safeguarding agenda.Read here!
Up-to-speed on: The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Contingency Framework for Schools
Following the full re-opening of schools, the DfE has updated the ‘Contingency framework: education and childcare settings’ guidance. This article breaks down the essential points that you need to knowRead here!
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Eight Priorities for Schools During the Spring Term 2021
This article identifies and focuses on eight priorities schools will need to consider during the Spring term. With specific consideration to the challenges coronavirus still poses to schools’ general responsibilities.Read here!
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.Read here!
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.Read more here!
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.Read more here!
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.Read more here!
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.Read more here!
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.Read more here
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.Get up-to-speed here!
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.Read more here!
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.Download Now!
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.Download Now!