If you have been working in a school over the past few weeks, you will agree that it’s been a testing time, to say the least. As you get to grips with running a skeleton school and teaching remotely, lean on this guidance from our colleagues at The Key:
Safeguarding from a distance
Understandably, one of your most pressing concerns will be how to safeguard pupils with “child-in-need”/protection plans, and those you have safety concerns about - who aren't attending school. It’s a sensitive and, for many, unfamiliar situation, and so our colleagues at The Key worked with safeguarding consultants, as well as a headteacher in one of the most deprived areas of the country, to get their advice, which you can view here:
Getting food to pupils on free school meals
In a similar vein - schools are expected to provide eligible pupils with free school meals when they're self-isolating or during school closure. Here’s some advice on what you need to do, how you can do it and the steps other schools are taking to support vulnerable families:
Social distancing at school
How do you make sure government guidelines are being adhered to when it comes to issues like lunchtime, children who are feeling unwell or the school drop off? Use this health and safety checklist to feel confident that you're taking the appropriate steps:
Helping parents with home learning
While every parent will take their own approach, you can help them as they get to grips with the realities of home learning. Share the below resources with parents to help them as they get used to this transition:
- Home learning factsheet for parents - tips on how to support their child's learning at home
- Parent guide to screen time – tips to help safeguard children when they're likely to be spending more time online
FAQs from schools like you
And lastly, answers to FAQs from schools, including special schools are being updated regularly. The team are closely monitoring the most common questions from schools and getting you the answers you need right now.
We trust you will find the above advice practical and actionable in the weeks to come. In the meantime, the team at ScholarPack wish you all the best and thank any key workers - education or otherwise, for selflessly soldiering on. Be sure to check back here regularly for more updates.