The Latest Guidance on COVID-19


Latest DfE Guidance 


Visit the Department for Education's COVID-19 page for education and childcare for the latest guidance, resources and information as schools return for September. View this page here

Specific guidance for SEND and Special schools can be found here.

The DfE released a guide entitled 'What is working well in remote education' detailing findings from the first two lockdowns and tips to support education in the third lockdown on January 11 2021. Please find this guide here.

Governing in Unprecedented Times - Report published 11 September 2020 : This report presents findings of a small-scale research project to investigate the challenges for school governance during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The research was carried out with the National Governance Association (NGA) and sought to understand the decisions and actions of governors and trustees in response to the short- and longer-term challenges presented by lockdown measures in England.

Guidance for educational settings in the event of a local lockdown can be found here.

In April, the DfE launched an online learning platform - Oak National Academy - please see the dedicated website for learning resources and further information

The DfE has also collated a list of remote learning resources which can be found here.


Latest Surrey Guidance 


Please see below the latest communication and resources from Surrey County Council.



Guidance for Supporting Mental and Physical Health


Brian Phelps, School Counsellor at Hinchley Wood School, has developed a series of short Self Care and CPD videos to support staff during this time.

You can view an introduction to these videos here.

Video 1: Managing Shock

Video 2: Adjusting To Home Working

Video 3: Working from Home

Video 4: Bereavement

Video 5: Self Care


Guidance from WHO on supporting children with stress can be found here.

Kooth is an online service that offers guidance and resources.

YoungMinds has provided guidance on how to talk to your child about Coronavirus, and has a helpline for parents. 

Guidance from Unicef in speaking to children regarding COVID-19.


Surrey Outdoor Learning have developed a series of Outdoor Learning Cards to introduce a range of outdoor learning activities to children and young people from EYFS up to KS3. The cards are self-explanatory and contain all the information and lists of ‘everyday’ resources and safety measures needed for teachers, leaders and parents to successfully run the activities, including subsequent developmental ideas. The cards can help to promote physical activity and healthy lifestyles!  

Surrey Outdoor Learning have also developed a series of Environmental Learning Cards to provide ideas for teachers, instructors and parents home tutoring wishing to use the outdoors as a medium for learning and enjoyment. The cards can be used in conjunction with the Outdoor Learning Cards and have been adopted by many Outdoor Education Centres for use within their own programmes. The cards can be printed off in full colour and can be laminated for use outdoors. The pack contains 25 cards with guidance on use included on each card. They are easy to use in schools, outdoor centres, at home, and with groups of all kinds whenever there is interaction with the environment for enjoyment and learning within the outdoor learning context. Key points are: one card per activity, handy size when printed off, and promote a practical approach. Please vary and adjust the activities for use while respecting the current social distancing and PPE use rules.’

Card Set 1

Card Set 2

Card Set 3

Card Set 4 


Guidance for Safeguarding and Staying Safe Online


InternetMatters provides guides for schools and teachers to keep children safe online whilst learning remotely.

BetterInternetforKids has provided guidance here.


Surrey Children’s’ Services Academy (SCSA) - Me Learning safeguarding digital learning

SCSA have commissioned a range of safeguarding e learning courses for practitioners, managers, volunteers and foster carers who work with children and families in Surrey. These free courses, which are available from Monday 20 April, include the following:

  • Child Exploitation Introduction
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Hidden Harm-Parental Substance Misuse, Parental Mental Ill Health, Domestic Abuse
  • Safeguarding Children with Disabilities
  • Sexual Abuse and Recognising Grooming
  • Self-Harm
  • Honour Based Violence and Forced Marriage
  • Abuse Related to Beliefs in Witchcraft


Please self-register via the following link and then complete the various modules as required. Surrey Children’s Services Academy - Me Learning

For further information or assistance with the Me Learning modules please contact


Guidance for Bereavement


Guidance for supporting children through bereavement from Winston's Wish can be found here.

LGfL have provided resources to support school communities in bereavement which can be found here.

We are working alongside colleagues from the South East team of the Jigsaw charity who have developed a new helpline to support children, young people and their families during and after the Covid 19 crisis. Please take a look at their poster which provides further information.  

JIGSAW COVID-19 CRISIS BEREAVEMENT HELPLINE - 01342 313895 - 9am - 12noon, Monday - Friday, Calls out of these hours are monitored.





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