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Practical advice and resources to help you every step of the way.

Your schools are open to all pupils

Read our summary of the operational guidance, and find the detailed version from the DfE here.

Stay on top of the latest announcements

Coronavirus: latest updates - what we know so far, and what we don't - we check this daily and update whenever there's a significant change.

Information about testing for pupils and staff, and guidance on what your schools need to do.

Get the support you need

For trustees: keep monitoring your schools' contingency plans for remote learning for those pupils who are shielding or self-isolating. Note that your schools are now required to publish information on their remote learning provision to their websites.

Keeping coronavirus health records - keep track of who's self-isolating or has tested positive for the virus

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Keep your risk assessments up to date

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Get support for your schools' digital education platforms

The DfE expects all schools to use a digital education platform to deliver remote learning during lockdown. Your schools need to provide between 3 and 5 hours of teaching per day, and some of this should be via video lessons.
Schools and trusts can apply for funded support from the DfE to get set up on G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education.
Make sure you and your schools use our digital education platform resource hub to:
  • Find out how schools are making the most of these platforms
  • Apply for funded support if your schools aren't yet set up

Staff and pupil wellbeing advice

Learn from lockdown

More support for your school leaders and local governors

Remind your leadership teams to use our COVID-19 resource hub on The Key for School Leaders for school-level support with responding to the challenges this situation presents, such as resources on remote learning and managing skeleton provision.
Your local governing bodies can also use our COVID-19 resource hub on The Key for School Governors to help them fulfil their roles effectively right now.
We're updating all hubs frequently.

Help us guide you and other trusts

Tell us what you need help with, or how you're working with your schools and LA(s) right now to overcome challenges, at We'll do our very best to support you and all schools in your trust. And we'll share the best of how trusts are working under these difficult circumstances to help guide others.

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