Guidance for full opening - schools from September

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DFE LogoGuidance for full opening - schools is now available here.

It is the DfE's plan that all pupils, in all year groups, will return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.

This guidance is intended to support schools, both mainstream and alternative provision, to prepare for this.  It applies to primary, secondary (including sixth forms), infant, junior, middle, upper, school-based nurseries and boarding schools.  We expect independent schools to follow the control measures set out in this document in the same way as state-funded schools.  The guidance also covers expectations for children with special educational needs and disability (SEND), including those with education, health and care plans, in mainstream schools.

Separate guidance is available for early yearsfurther education colleges and for special schools.

Read Gavin Williamson's letter published this morning here.

Further guidance published today includes:

Guidance for schools: coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance on full opening from September 2020

Further and higher education: coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance on full opening from September 2020

Local authority children’s services: coronavirus (COVID-19) - Guidance for full opening: special schools and other specialist settings’

Supporting Children and Young People Who Have Experienced Trauma Webinars

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Sigma TSA are excited to be able to offer a series of webinars that focus on trauma inform1593094081 sigma logoed approaches and interventions to support children and young people in school.  The last webinar takes place on Tuesday 7th July at 4pm.

The aim of each webinar is to support schools to further develop trauma reducing approaches and interventions as they resettle children back into school and to learning.  The webinars will offer practical strategies that can be implemented easily in school.

The strategies will be evidence-based from research in psychology and neuroscience.  Some of the evidence-based approaches and interventions informed by research are deceptively simple.  They are, however, also enormously powerful in their impact.

10 sessions now available online:

Session 1 - The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe

Session 2 - Rebuilding Trust: Relationships, Relationships, Relationships

Session 3 - Our Own Wellbeing: Self-Care and Organisational Care

Session 4 - Our Own Wellbeing Part 2: Mindfulness is a Superpower

Session 5 - 'Reopening’ Schools: Five key trauma-informed considerations re managing transitions for everyone’s wellbeing

Session 6 - The Podcast: Trust, Safety and Everyone's Wellbeing

Session 7 - What about when it goes wrong?

Session 8 - A Choice Between Two Webinars

Session 9 - Teaching the social and emotional skills not yet learned

Session 10 - We Need to Talk About Shame

To access this free training visit:

Maths Hubs opportunities for 2020/21 now available

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The 40 Maths Hubs across England are offering a range of professional development opportunities for teachers and schools in 2020/21. All school and college phases are covered. Projects enable teachers to collaborate in ‘Work Groups’ with colleagues from other local schools.  As in previous years, projects will cover all aspects of maths subject knowledge and pedagogy, with many exploring teaching for mastery.  This year, they will also give participants the chance to work together on approaches to curriculum recovery.

This flyer has more information about the projects, and how to contact your local Maths Hub. Maths Hubs Generic

Providing free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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DFE LogoProviding free school meals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

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Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

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Added further information on the Covid Summer Food Fund, free meals in further education, the final ordering timescales for the national voucher scheme, ordering vouchers in multiples of £5, and an update on school food contracts to include further guidance from the Cabinet Office on Procurement Policy Note 04/20.

A guide COVID Summer Food Fund has been produced.