Please be assured of our support to our church schools across the diocese in these extraordinary times.
We have listed below some useful websites and resources. If we can be of any help, please do contact us.
Useful resources (RE/CW, Wellbeing)
DfE Coronavirus Helpline
Phone: 0800 046 8687
DfE: Education and childcare - Guidance for teachers, school leaders, carers, parents and students includes guidance and shared practice for schools teaching remotely, resources to support home learning, exams and assessments, protective measures to keep children safe, free school meals, supporting mental health and wellbeing, SEND, safeguarding (updated daily)
SCC Updated guidance for managing COVID-19 in childcare & education settings in Suffolk in the era of “Living with COVID-19” - effective from 25 February 2022
DfE governance update providing the latest advice on the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and how this relates to the role of those on governing and trust boards and clerks/governance professionals (updated 4 November 2021).
A virtual governance model policy issued by Schools' Choice
The NGA's latest guidance on Governing in challenging circumstances - Business continuity and holding virtual meetings
Guidance for ministers - general guidance for ministers navigating themselves, and their congregations, through the Coronavirus crisis
National Cyber Security Centre guidance on how to set up and use video conferencing services, safely and securely.
Faith at Home - national campaign from the Church of England to support the faith development and pastoral care of children and young people. Resources and activities are available on different themes aimed at school leaders, parents and church leaders.
Series Three (Spring / Summer 2021) on how can we be the change we want to see in the world? Please use link above and select school leader, parent or church leader.
Series Two (autumn 2020) on how do we flourish together - each session will centre around an encounter Jesus has with someone in the Bible. There will be resources for Years Reception-Year 4, Years 5-8 and Years 9-13.
Series One (summer 2020) - Themes: Hope, Courage, Love, Humility, Patience, Resilience, Kindness, Generosity, Vulnerability, Compassion and Flourishing. Please use link above and select school leader, parent or church leader.
The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership is providing weekly mailouts of the concepts in the Called, Connected, Committed document with resources and a reflection. For more information or to subscribe to the mailouts, please click here.
Oak National Academy - the online classroom provides a sequenced plan of video lessons and curricular resources for teachers, as well as parents and their children.
National Literacy Trust - Access to resources for early years, primary and secondary school.
DfE: List of online education resources for home education - The list includes subject-specific resources for: English; Maths; Science; PE; Wellbeing; Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND); and are currently being offered for free. There is also guidance on how to access school-led webinars on remote education to help share good practice - available here.
UCL: Free online learning resources - University College London has compiled a list of resources helpful to teachers, school leaders, parents/carers and young people.
Education Endowment Foundation resources for schools and parents - includes tools for schools to help support home learning, early years support for schools, best evidence on supporting students to learn remotely and research examining the potential impact of school closures on the attainment gap
Leadership resources - from the Ambition Institute - themes include promoting equality, school culture, developing others, raising aspirations of children, finding and keeping staff, headteacher impact, engaging parents and wellbeing. (The Ambition Institute is a graduate school for teachers, school leaders and system leaders, serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds, whose programmes aim to support educators at every stage.)
Training webinars - The Ambition Institute run a series of free practical training webinars and virtual roundtables to address the current challenges schools are facing and support teachers and school leaders during and after the coronavirus outbreak.
Collective worship ideas - Gemma Taylor (Schools' Adviser) has put together some ideas for the autumn term 2021
Resources for RE - support through the coronavirus crisis - RE Today, in parentship with NATRE, have produced a series of free, quality-assured online resources to support parents and their children with the provision of RE activities for use during the coronavirus crisis. Includes seven resources for each Key Stage including home learning activities about Easter, Bible stories and other festivals.
Mentally Healthy Schools has a free toolkit with resources and tips to help address anxiety
Supporting Good Mental Health: The Church of England's mental health reflections booklet
Prayers for When You Feel Anxious: coloring pages from Illustrated Ministry
Prayers for Marking a Year of COVID-19: colouring pages from Illustrated Ministry
Active Coping Calendar: Daily actions to look after yourselves and each other during this global crisis
100 things to do indoors: A great way to keep yourself and your family occupied during these uncertain times
Fischy Music - online assemblies and songs available for schools and parents
Children's Society resources - a range of support materials for young people, parents and schools in their mental and emotional health resource 'vault'
Please click here to see a list of bereavement resources and also bereavement guidelines for church schools and community schools.
‘Never the Same’ School Leadership Resources for Grief, Bereavement and Loss - based on the Church of England Vision for Education
Guide for schools: Talking to children about illness and death during the pandemic - University of Oxford
Talking to children about illness - The British Psychological Society
The Psychology and Therapeutic Services Team (SCC) supports emotional well-being, mental health, behaviour and learning on an individual, group, whole school or organisational basis.
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