Government advice and documents

An enormous range of both new and updated DfE guidance is sent out to school on a regular basis. Below you will find the links and,where possible, an idea of what the update said. In
addition, links to all documents are available on the Northumberland Education website, on the Coronavirus Updates page. 
Updated 28/08/2020
 
BACK TO SCHOOL IN SEPTEMBER CORRESPONDENCE - UPDATED GUIDANCE: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers,schools and colleges during the coronavirus
(COVID-19) outbreak NEW LINK 1
 
- What parents and carers need to know about schools and education during the coronavirus outbreak. Updated information on support for parents, online
resources and vulnerable children. WEBLINK1
 
- Get Help with Technology for Remote Education During Coronavirus COVID-19 The Department for Education is working in partnership with an industry coalition to provide technology to support remote education. WEBLINK2
 
Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home. WEBLINK3
 
- Help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for parents and carers of children who have not yet started school. WEBLINK4
 
- Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for parents and carers looking after children with special educational needs and disabilities(SEND). WEBLINK5
 
- Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for parents and carers looking after primary school children. WEBLINK6
 
- For any pupils or family members symptoms, they can access the NHS Website for testing and advice. They should do this as soon as possible after developing symptoms. 
 
- Advice we are following as a school for opening during the COVID19 outbreak WEBLINK 7
 
- Guidance on supporting children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing. Advice for parents and carers on looking after the mental health and wellbeing of children or young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. WEBLINK 8
 
-This is new information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams. WEBLINK 9
 
-The guidance on home learning has been updated with further resources
and additional tips to help parents and carers with home education. WEBLINK 10
 
-The DfE has provided new information on apps to help children stay safe
online. WEBLINK 11
 
-  The DfE has added content on summer provision, school uniform and a package of support worth £1billion to support pupils to catch up. The DfE has also updated the content on school meals and the Covid Summer Food Fund. WEBLINK 12
 
 
 
 MESSAGE FROM THE DFE: ‘We know schools are doing all they can to reassure parents of the safety measures which are in place to welcome eligible children back to school and college this term. To support schools with this, as part of the Government’s central “Stay Alert” campaign, you are likely to see information adverts on these measures on the radio and online to reassure parents that if their child is eligible to attend school, they should return before the summer break. These messages will sit alongside wider government messaging about public transport and returning to work, which aim to reassure the public as changes to lockdown measures are made.
 
The leaflets and films below are for parents of children in primary and secondary. You may want to share these with your parent network to support your engagement with children and families who have questions.’
 
 
 
UPDATED GUIDANCE: The DfE has added guidance for parents and carers about early years
providers, schools and colleges in the autumn term. WEBLINK 13
 
UPDATED: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and
colleges during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The DfE has updated its information for parents and carers about the opening of early years providers, schools and colleges, safety in schools, attendance, transport, school meals and exams. It includes an update to the transport section in the guidance for this summer term - 'What parents and carers need to know about nurseries, childminders, schools and colleges until August 2020'. These changes will ensure consistency with guidance from the Department for Transport. WEBLINK 14
 
UPDATED: Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus
(COVID-19) The DfE has updated its information about the re-opening of libraries and has added a link to '10 top tips to encourage children to read'. WEBLINK 16
 
UPDATED: Supporting your children's education during coronavirus (COVID-19) The DfE has updated its information, guidance and support for parents and carers of children who are learning at home with new information about pupils returning to school in the autumn term. WEBLINK 17
 
 
We’ve copied this from the BBC Bitesize Website.
(BBC BITESIZE) will provide more support to students and their parents with a series of special daily broadcasts for both primary and secondary students, complementing a whole host of extra resources online.
From Monday to Friday, you’ll be able to watch Bitesize Daily on BBC Red Button from 9am to 11am, and again on BBC iPlayer. Each 20-minute lesson will cover a different age group from ages five to 14, and will be brought to you by experts, teachers and some very familiar faces from the world of TV, sport and beyond.
As well as dedicated programmes covering Maths, Science and English, there will also be lessons featuring other subjects such as History, Geography, Music and Art. Alongside the new Bitesize Daily lessons, there'll also be Teacher Talks - a brand new series offering helpful hints in tackling core concepts in Maths and English as well as extra content from BBC Teach including their Live Lessons series. How you follow the lessons is completely up to you - you can join our broadcasts every day or catch up with a few in a row with every broadcast available to
catch up via BBC iPlayer.
Updated 21/04/2020
Coronavirus: Resources for mental health and wellbeing
Toolkit 1: Videos to provide practical guidance and tips to schools, parents and carers about coronavirus (COVID-19) and mental health activities to ease anxiety that can be done at school or at home and other helpful advice, helplines and resources for adults and children.  TOOKLIT 1
 
Toolkit 2: Resources for School Staff, as well as parents, to use with vulnerable children or children with SEND, a resource from Stonewall for the LGBTQ+ community, and a resource pack for staff wellbeing and practical activities for adults and children to help stay mentally well during this time. TOOLKIT 2
 
Resources for children and families to better understand the Coronavirus. continually added to  PADLET LINK
 
NSPCC ' Gaining an insight into the worries that children have shared with Childline during this pandemic can help adults think about what support needs to be put in place for young people at this time. You can download the summary here: NSPCC LINK