Coronavirus (COVID-19)


COVID-19 (Corona virus) - latest advice

COVID-19 (Corona virus) - education settings

Buckinghamshire and national guidance and advice

Connecting Bucks Schools Keeping teachers across Buckinghamshire (and beyond) connected.

Latest updates

7th July Updates to the Outdoor learning section

3rd July School trip refund guidance and insurance claims, in Outdoor Learning, school trips and insurance; further guidance around laptops in Resources

1st July Free School Meals - Company Shop Group and Iceland, including The Food Warehouse Stores, have been added to the list of supermarkets you can order eGift cards for; Learning, curriculum and assessment - The Education Endowment Fund have published A COVID-19 Support Guide for Schools

View previous updates to these pages


Admissions information
National offer day, appeals


DfE returns, absence recording

Changes to support services

Temporary changes to support services
NHS services, MIND, Women's Aid, PCC contracts

Cleaning materials

Cleaning materials
Product supplies

Early years

Early Years
Guidance for nurseries and childminders


Purchasing cards, budgets

Free school meals

Free School Meals 
FSM providers, vouchers

Furlough and Financial Support

Furlough and Financial Support
Criteria for Furlough, financial support for education settings


Business priorities, virtual meetings

Health and safety

Health & Safety
If children fall ill, personal protective equipment (PPE), social distancing, first aid

Health services

Health services
Advice from the NHS, Association for Young People’s Health, Council for Disabled Children

Hubs / Local area plan

Hubs and the Local Area Plan
What to do if you are not able to open, information about hubs

HR guidance

Guidance for schools and staff
Anxiety, self isolation, caring responsibilities, remote working

Learning, curriculum and assessment

Guidance for working in school
Expectations, exams and tests, staff well-being

NQTs / Initial Teacher Training

Newly Qualified Teachers
Induction, assessment, teacher's standards, initial teacher training

Outdoor learning, school trips and insurance

Implications for outdoor learning
Planning activities, future visits

Property services

Property Services
Actions to take if a building is left unattended. Returning a building to use when re-opening.


Online resources
Resources for both children and staff to use at home


DSL cover, single central record, LAC

Safeguarding online

Keeping children safe online
Online safety in and away from schools

School provision

School Provision
Provision of school places to children of key workers and vulnerable chidren


SEND and EHC plans
Children with EHC plans, annual reviews, EHC needs assessments

Support for Families

Help available for families in Buckinghamshire
Local support hubs, Family Support Service


The current situation with home to school transport

Well being support for pupils

(including Bereavement Support)

Well-being support for pupils and families
Bereavement support, advice and links to support

Well being support for school staff

(including Bereavement Support)

Well-being support for school staff
Advice and links to support

Wider opening of schools

Wider opening of schools
Guidance from the Government and Buckinghamshire council. Includes Transition support

Guidance on GOV.​UK

New guidance added following the government announcement on the 10th May:

Actions for educational and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 - Latest guidance on how educational and childcare settings should prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020,

Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing protective measures in education and childcare settings - GOV.UK - Guidance for education and childcare settings on how to implement protective measures.

Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care Preventing and controlling infection, including the use of PPE, in education, childcare and children’s social care settings during the coronavirus outbreak

What parents and carers need to know about schools and other education settings during the coronavirus outbreak - Information for parents and carers about the wider opening of nurseries, schools and colleges, transport, attendance, free school meals and remote education

Staying safe outside your home - GOV.UK - This guidance sets out the principles you should follow to ensure that time spent with others outside your home is as safe as possible

Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy - The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis

Staying alert and safe (social distancing)

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do - GOV.UK

Please also see the below existing DfE guidance to support education providers during this period

Actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus outbreak guidance

Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak

Maintaining education and skills training provision: further education providers

Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

The Department for Education coronavirus helpline is available to answer questions about COVID-19 relating to education and children’s social care. Staff, parents and young people can contact this helpline as follows:

Phone: 0800 046 8687
Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday), 10am to 4pm (Saturday to Sunday)

Please note: opening hours have been extended to cover weekends and the DfE are increasing the number of call handlers available to answer your calls.

If you work in a school, please have your unique reference number (URN or UKPRN) available when calling the hotline.

Business continuity planning

Advice and templates for resilience policies and Business Continuity Plans are available in our emergency planning guidance page. (Login required)

Business Continuity Plan template

Government Coronavirus action plan

This document sets out what the UK as a whole has done to tackle the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and what it plans to do next.

Coronavirus action plan

Handwashing and other public advice

The most important thing individuals can do to protect themselves is to wash their hands more often, for at least 20 seconds, with soap and water. Public Health England recommends that in addition to handwashing before eating, and after coughing and sneezing, everyone should also wash hands after using toilets and travelling on public transport.

The latest guidance and video on hand washing can be found here:

Guidance for the public

Thank you letter to Teachers - Gavin Williamson

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