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Prepare for reopening

Schools will reopen on 8 March for all pupils. The DfE has published detailed guidance for schools to help you prepare for reopening.

Letter to parents about school reopening

Download and adapt our template letter to help you share key information with parents and carers.

Updated health and safety resources

Guidance on supporting pupils during school reopening

Stay on top of the latest announcements

What you need to know about running your skeleton provision

Scroll down this page to see more detailed guidance on running your skeleton school.

Deliver remote learning

The DfE expects all schools to use a digital education platform to deliver remote learning during lockdown. You need to provide between 3 and 5 hours of teaching per day, and some of this should be via video lessons.

Use our resources to help you develop and evolve your approach, no matter your starting point.

Our warmest thanks to the school leaders who have so generously shared their time and expertise with us, allowing us to develop many of these resources for you.

Get set up on a digital education platform

If you're new to using digital education platforms or remote learning tools, use our digital education platform hub to:
  • Find out about the DfE's funding scheme and apply for help getting set up
  • Read feature comparisons for Office 365 Education and G Suite for Education
  • See tips from other schools for getting started on your chosen platform
  • Read case studies on how primary and secondary schools are using their digital education platforms to deliver remote learning

 

Get pupils and staff the tech resources they need

The DfE has updated its guidance on how to get help with technology for pupils during coronavirus. If you need to provide more immediate support, these articles may help:

 

Design and deliver a high-quality remote education

See what great remote learning looks like
Use our SEF to help you develop your school's remote learning provision in line with the DfE's expectations, evidence-based recommendations from the Education Endowment Foundation and advice from top school leaders.
CPD for staff

 

See how other schools are delivering live lessons

Read our case studies on how primary and secondary schools are making excellent use of their digital education platforms to deliver live lessons and remote learning:

See examples of remote learning timetables from schools delivering varying amounts of live lessons:

Learn how one primary school leader is delivering live lessons to pupils in school and at home at the same time:

From gamified quizzes to simulating a walk around the room, see how a selection of primary and secondary schools are doing formative assessment in live lessons: 

See how 5 schools are making best use of small group sessions for learning, peer interactions and pastoral support: 

 

Support disadvantaged pupils and children with SEND and EAL

Read our guidance on providing effective remote learning for:
  • Disadvantaged pupils, including advice on supporting families and adapting lessons to support pupils who need to work in distracting environments
  • Pupils with SEND, with expert advice from nasen (National Association for Special Educational Needs)
  • Pupils with EAL, with expert advice from The Bell Foundation

 

Track the quality of your provision


We worked with pioneering school leaders to develop our guidance on how to track the quality of your remote learning offer. Read their advice on strategies to help you monitor remote teaching (such as virtual pupil pursuits and remote lesson observations)

 

Keep parents informed and respond to concerns

The DfE expects you to put information about your remote learning offer on your website. Our article explains what you need to do, and has examples of how other schools have shared their information
Use our templates and models to share details about your remote learning curriculum with parents and carers:
Our guidance will help you respond effectively to parent complaints about your remote learning offer:

Our survey pack has a bank of questions to help you get feedback from pupils and parents about your approach to remote learning:

If parents are doing their child's work for them, use our strategies to help you encourage them to channel this support towards other areas of the child's learning: 

Run your skeleton school safely

Risk assessments

 

Keep your school running with high levels of staff absence

 

 

Model policies

Use our model addendums for key policies to keep your school running smoothly: