Coronavirus (COVID-19)


COVID-19 - Resources

COVID-19 - Resources

Advice for carers about children returning to school

The following link has some social media resources for schools to use to help parents understand how returning to school works.

Laptops for care leavers and children with social workers

Who is eligible to receive a laptop?

Laptops and tablets will be provided for disadvantaged families, children and young people who do not currently have access to them. Eligible people are:

  • care leavers
  • children and young people aged 0 to 19 with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 pupils

Can we rewrite the parent agreement?

Yes, you can adapt it to your setting, and if you feel the information need to be clearer.

Who does the student of family tell or where do they send the laptop if it breaks / it’s not working?

If the devices are damaged at home it is the parent’s responsibility.

Where does the student of family go for technical support?

With over 1000 laptops you can appreciate the enormity of this piece of work.  The DfE have not given the local authorities any offer of support or money to manage these devices. We, alongside many other LA’s are in discussion with the DfE regarding our concerns.

Who pays to have it repaired?

This is the parent’s responsibility

If the child is in yr6 do schools need to notify the secondary school they are going to that they have one of these laptops?

The device stays with the child so no need to inform the secondary school.  The laptop is logged with the child, we have a log of all device serial numbers matched with the child so we can track in the future.

If a student now says that they no longer need the laptop can we re-issue it to a different disadvantaged pupil?  Who should be informed?

The school can only reallocate if the new children are known to social care and have a social worker open to them.  Buckinghamshire Council need to know the names of the pupil no longer needing the laptop and the pupil they wish to allocate it to. Buckinghamshire Council will need to check they have a social care record on LCS.

Each child is linked to a device serial number so it can be tracked.  

Who is eligible to receive internet access?

Internet access will be provided through 4G hotspot devices for any of the following people who do not currently have it:

  • care leavers
  • young people aged 11 to 19 with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 pupils

Is there funding for young people who don’t Qualify as above?

People aged 16 to 19 without a suitable device for education will be eligible for support through the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund. Those offering 16 to 19 education should visit the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to find out about eligibility for relevant funding and support.

Who can apply?

Local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools and social care can apply.

Buckinghamshire Council is reviewing the guidance and will provide more information as soon as possible.

Please read the full details here: Get help with technology for remote education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Get help using online education platforms

The government guidance: get technology support for children and schools during coronoavirus list two extra sources of government funded support using online education platforms:

  1. Schools can apply for government-funded support through The Key for School Leaders to get set up on one of two free-to-use digital education platforms: G Suite for Education or Office 365 Education. The Key also provides feature comparison and case studies on how schools are making the most of these platforms.

Organisations can use the EdTech Demonstrator Programme to contact a network of schools and colleges who are already using remote education technology resources for help and support

The Key for School Leaders also has a comparison of the two platforms, and case studies from schools who are already using them.

Online resources for parents and teachers

The DfE have brought together an initial list of online educational resources to help children to learn at home. Coronavirus (COVID 19): list of online education resources for home education - GOV.UK (updated 22 May)

These websites have been identified by some of the country’s leading educational experts and offer a wide range of support and resources for pupils of all ages.

The list includes subject-specific resources for:

They are currently being offered for free.

Individual resources cannot replace a school’s properly planned curriculum, and the resources in this list are not intended to do so.

They may be useful for parents in considering how they could support their children’s education, but they should not be used in place of existing resources which schools may be using as part of their continued provision for pupils’ education at this time.

Schools may also wish to explore this initial list of resources as they consider how they continue to support children’s education.

This list of resources is not exhaustive and there are many other resources available to schools.

BBC resources

On Monday 20th April the BBC is launching its own education package across TV and online. 

Bitesize has 150 new lessons every week to keep pupils on track with learning.

There are daily lessons for homeschooling in Maths and English for every year group, as well as regular lessons in Science, History, Geography and more.

The homeschooling lessons have been created with teachers and other educational experts. They feature a mix of videos, animations, practice activities, quizzes and games.

Primary and secondary daily schedule from across Bitesize

Oak National Academy

In addition, to support the hard work of schools in delivering remote education, the Oak National Academy launched on Monday 20 April. This brand-new enterprise has been created by 40 teachers from some of the leading schools across England, backed by government grant funding. It will provide 180 video lessons each week, across a broad range of subjects from maths to art to languages, for every year group from Reception through to Year 10.

Before using these resources, you should refer to the guidance ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers’, which has further information on how to keep children safe online.

Education Endowment Fund (EEF)– Research on teaching remotely

The EEF has today published a rapid evidence assessment examining the existing research (from 60 systematic reviews and meta-analyses) for approaches that schools could use, or are already using, to support the learning of pupils while schools are closed. 

Remote Learning – Rapid Evidence Assessment

Remote Learning – Assessment Summary

The EEF has pulled together a whole range of other evidence based resources, for both schools and parents, which can be found on their website, including seven top tips to support parents with reading at home and information on supporting home learning routines Covid-19 Resources | Education Endowment Foundation | EEF

Connecting teachers across Buckinghamshire

A new website has been designed to keep teachers across Bucks (and beyond) connected during this uniquely challenging period. The site has been designed by a web designer, Richard Robinson, with the content developed by a team of teachers and educational psychologists from Aspire and Buckinghamshire Council, overseen by Debra Rutley, Executive Headteacher of Aspire.

The site has been shaped by requests from educators and leaders across Bucks and we will continue to develop it in the light of your suggestions and ideas.

Connecting Bucks Schools

 The site aims to:

  • support school staff through this period
  • help prepare staff for a return to school
  • develop into a hub for communication and sharing of good practice in the longer term

 The website has four main sections:

  1. A wellbeing section to help educators look after themselves at this time. 
  2. A CPD section with links to free external training and ideas (based on the themes Bucks staff identified as of interest for the Teaching and Learning Day)
  3. Practical ideas for Teaching and Learning during this period
  4. A blog, which is open to contributions from all staff in any of the areas above

The Connecting Bucks team have put together a list of useful resources for schools leaders, which they will continue to update. Find out more about Support and resources for School Leaders during COVID-19.

Support for pupils with SEND

The government has been working with a range of other organisations to create extra resources. See:

They have also worked with other organisations to create information on ways you can help children learn at home. See:

See the full government guidance: Help children with SEND continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support and resources for parents with primary aged children

Advice from the DfE for parents and carers looking after primary school children, with information such as:

  • Structuring your day
  • Using digital devices
  • language development
  • reading and writing
  • numeracy
  • information tailored to each age group
  • information for those with children reaching the end of primary school

Help primary school children continue their education during coronavirus (COVID-19)

Support and resources for parents with children under 5

For parents with children under 5 years old who have not yet started school, the Department for Education’s Hungry Little Minds campaign features tips and practical activities that you can do at home with children to support their early learning. There are many simple ways to help your children learn and it does not have to feel like ‘learning’.

Having everyday conversations, make-believe play and reading together all make a big difference to your child’s development. You can find more ideas and content from the BBC’s Tiny Happy People campaign and the National Literacy Trust’s Family Zone. The Department for Education has published further guidance on how to help children aged 2 to 4 to learn at home during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. This has been updated to include a section on mental health and well-being.

Online resource for Staff CPD

The Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance have compiled a list of organisations offering online professional development for teachers and other school staff.

All the organisations listed are currently providing free access to at least some of their online learning materials.

A new online learning platform to help boost the nation’s skills while people are staying at home, has been launched 28th April by the Department for Education.

Free courses are available through a new online platform hosted on the website, called The Skills Toolkit.  The new platform gives people access to free, high-quality digital and numeracy courses to help build up their skills, progress in work and boost their job prospects.

Science Resources

Please find below update on Science Resources from STEM Regional Lead, Shelley Hancock:

At STEM Learning and the NCCE have been working hard to put together a number of resources and offers to support teachers and schools at this time whatever their circumstances.

Remote Science and Computing lessons are now available and supported by facilitated live Q&A sessions throughout June. You can find more information and links to them here: Remote lessons for young people STEM

Literacy resources

Stephanie Hilder of Inspire Literacy has pulled together a list of resources to support primary  pupil’s vocabulary development whilst they are working online from home.

Developing vocabulary resources

Stephanie is also offering free online training for Teaching Assistants and free online consultations for teachers.  See below for more details and how to apply:

Online training during lockdown

The Buckinghamshire Family Information Service

The Bucks Family Information Service has a round up of educational and fitness resources for families at home by ages and topics

Bereavement Awareness Training for Education Providers 

Child Bereavement UK can provide Bereavement Awareness Training.  The training has been designed for and by those working within the education sector. It provides a basic introduction to supporting a bereaved student.  The webinars are free of charge, but they inviting voluntary donations so that we can continue to provide support to pupils, parents and families, and training and resources for schools.

Individual sessions are targeted towards Nursery, Primary and Secondary settings. It has been our experience children's understanding and responses to grief and bereavement, vary according to their age and level of understanding, the training reflects this premise.

Each training session focuses on:

  • Developing awareness of grief and bereavement,
  • Children's understanding of death,
  • Current models of grief to build an understanding of children’s responses to grief
  • Factors affecting grief.
  • Means of communicating effectively with those who have experienced bereavement,
  • Provides practical ideas for managing children’s responses to their grief
  • Creating a bereavement aware culture, policies and procedures which may assist
  • Developing awareness of local and national pathways for support

The training is suitable for all staff working in schools; teachers, LSA, mentors, SENCO, Head Teachers/Principals, Governors

The sessions are approx. 1.5 hrs. with time for Q&As

For more information: Child Bereavement UK – bereavement awareness training for education providers


Buckinghamshire Library Service

We may have closed our library buildings but our library service is still very active and we are all working hard to promote all our digital services and deliver the best possible service to our customers at this time. They can stay at home and still have access to a wide range of reading, listening, education support and information materials.  

The great news is that we have already had 444 new online joiners since the beginning of March and new online joiners won’t expire until at least 30th June, so they can continue to use our digital resources. If you are not already member, join now at the link below (and no need to collect your membership card until libraries reopen).

If you are not already familiar with all the options in our eLibrary, now is the time to explore them.

  • We have increased our stock of eBooks and eAudiobooks, so customers have even more choice, and we are also exploring ways of making even more of our eReference resources available from home. 
  • If you have teens at home there are eBooks to tempt them here 
  • If you have health concerns you want to learn more about
  • eAudiobooks through Borrowbox are great for relaxing. You can set a timer so the eAudiobook turns itself off at night time, ensuring you don't miss a word if you fall asleep!

We are including the hashtag #LibrariesFromHome in all our posts, which is also being used by libraries all across the country, bringing us together in a national campaign to demonstrate the great offer that libraries have to support learning and promote well-being and relaxation at this challenging time. Look out for our staff reading recommendations and if you use social media please help us spread the word

Joining the library Blogs

The government teaching blog is a resource for teachers, by teachers. Through it, they share teachers’ stories and useful advice from schools across England.

You will find examples of best practice from teachers who have dealt with common challenges or inspiration to spark new ideas in your schools and classrooms. The blog also highlights teachers’ incredible achievements and successes, however big or small.

Although the blog is primarily for teachers, others in the teaching community such as headteachers, governors, parents and education professionals may also find it useful.

Recent submissions include how schools are coping with the current situation, such as the challenge of delivering remote education, leading and managing in uncertain times and flexible working in schools

About the teaching blog - Teaching



Public Health England operate a free health resource called e-Bug, consisting of lesson plans, worksheets and multimedia for educators and students from ages 4 to 18. e-Bug, which is an evidence-based resource, primarily educates students on infection prevention and control and covers a range of topics including:

  • antibiotics
  • vaccinations
  • microbes
  • hygiene

e-Bug – Information about the Coronavirus


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