OFSTED Inspections

It has been announced today that whilst not returning to full inspections until after Christmas, Ofsted will be making ‘visits’ during the Autumn Term.

Ofsted says that these visits will ‘look at how leaders are managing the return to full education for their pupils, including considering ‘blended learning’ (on-site/remote education) and safeguarding’.

For more information, see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/education-plans-from-september-2020

Coronavirus: children returning to schools in Wales

Source: Barnardo’s

Date: 25 June 2020

Barnardo’s Cymru and Action for Children Cymru have released figures which show that 85% of school staff in Wales fear that their pupils’ mental health has been affected by lockdown during the coronavirus crisis. A joint briefing highlights learning from practitioners and partners in schools about: the impact of the coronavirus crisis on the mental health and well-being of children and young people; what schools think they will need in terms of training and emotional support for school staff; and support from other sectors and organisations in addressing the needs of students and their families.

Read the news story: Teachers fear for pupils’ mental health as they return to school next week
Read the briefing: Lessons from Lockdown: supporting vulnerable children and young people returning to school and to learning (PDF)

Coronavirus: guidance for holiday or after-school clubs and other out-of-school settings

Source: Department for Education

Date:  01 July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published guidance for organisations or individuals in England who provide community activities, tuition, holiday clubs or after-school clubs for children during the coronavirus outbreak. This guidance is relevant for those providers which fall within the government’s definition of an out-of-school setting (OOSS), as well as those providers caring for children over the age of five and registered with Ofsted on either the compulsory or voluntary childcare register. Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings has also been published.

Read the guidance: Protective measures for out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak
Guidance for parents and carers of children attending out-of-school settings during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Children returning to school in England

Source: Department for Education

Date: 02 July 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published plans for schools and colleges to fully reopen to all children and young people from September 2020. The guidance applies to all schools in England including: local-authority-maintained schools; academies; free schools; alternative provision schools; pupil referral units; independent schools: and boarding schools. Separate guidance has been published for early years and for special schools.

Read the press release: Schools and colleges to reopen in full in September
Read the guidance: Guidance for full opening: schools
Guidance for special educational settings to prepare for the September return of pupils with special education needs and disability (SEND)
Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Keeping children safe in education

Source: Department for Education
Date: 17 June 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated statutory guidance for schools and colleges in England on safeguarding children and safer recruitment. Keeping children safe in education (from 1 September 2020) is for information only and does not come into force until 1 September 2020.

Read the guidance: Keeping children safe in education

Coronavirus: child poverty

Source: Children’s Commissioner for England 

Date: 04 June 2020

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published a blog commenting on the recent analysis by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) on the poverty impact of the coronavirus crisis since the pandemic began, which estimates that the number of children newly pushed into poverty is likely to be 300,000 at the end of 2020.

Read the blog: Children should not bear the burden of the pandemic recession
Read the press release: 1.1 million more people face poverty at end of 2020 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, finds IPPR​​​​​​​

Coronavirus: children returning to school in England

Source: Department for Education
Date: 20 May 2020

The Department for Education (DfE) has published updated information and guidance for England in preparation for more children returning to school. Updates include: additional safeguarding guidance around updating child protection policies, designated safeguarding lead arrangements, protecting vulnerable children and mental health; guidance on preventing and controlling infection; and advice for parents about children returning to school and those remaining at home.

Read the guidance:Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers
Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care
Read the advice for parents:Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers
Supporting your children’s education during coronavirus (COVID-19)