Covid 19 updated guidance for schools (20/04/20)

Friday 20th March 2020

Current guidance, including advice, template letters and information are available (and regularly updated) on the Essex Schools Infolink Covid-19 page

EPHA continues to work closely with the Local Authority to help shape guidance and policy for Essex schools during the pandemic. Please continue to send your comments, questions and concerns to Pam Langmead, EPHA Professional Officer at

Current guidance - as at 20/04/20 (updated regularly)

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision
Read the 'Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision' here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): SEND risk assessment guidance
This guidance advises local authorities to conduct risk assessments and makes suggestions and recommendations for how that might be done in collaboration with educational settings and parents.

This guidance document relates particularly to children and young people whose need for hands-on care or whose behaviours mean that there are more, or more nuanced, risks to be managed than for the majority of children and young people with EHC plans.

Read the guidance here:


Safeguarding and remote education during Coronavirus (
The government has published guidance to schools about managing remote learning during this critical period. The guidance considers six main areas:

  • Safeguarding pupils and teachers online
  • Reporting concerns
  • Communicating with parents, carers and pupils
  • Virtual lessons and live streaming
  • Providing pastoral care remotely
  • Personal data and GDPR

The guidance can be found here:

Supporting vulnerable children and young people during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (
The government has updated its guidance around vulnerable children.

There are now further clarifications to the existing guidance including the actions to be taken for the different groups of vulnerable children around their attendance or otherwise at an education setting. The groups included in the definition of vulnerable children have not changed.

The guidance can be found here:

Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and support for parents and carers (NSPCC)
The NSPCC has created a number of resources to support parents and carers during this difficult time. Topics include:

  • Talking to a child worried about coronavirus
  • Parents working from home
  • Children staying home alone
  • Lockdown and separated parents
  • How to cope with tantrums and other difficult behaviour

The advice can be found on the NSPCC website here:

Governing Body Information (National Governance Association)
The National Governance Association (NGA) has produced a free safeguarding information sheet for governing boards covering: safeguarding guidance during COVID-19, revising the child protection policy to reflect new arrangements and advice about what governing boards should do.

You can find the information sheet here:

The NGA's full range of COVID-19 resources for governing boards can be found here:

Pam Langmead