COVID-19 advice and information

This page will aim to keep education settings in Waltham Forest up to date with the latest advice and information from public health about COVID-19. 

15 October 2020

Director of Public Health, Joe McDonnell update on COVID-19

Director of Public Health for Waltham Forest Council, Joe McDonnell, has filmed a video talking about the important steps we can take as we move into the high alert level.

12 October 2020

Guidance on providing COVID-19 test kits to symptomatic staff and students

On Wednesday 7 October 2020, the Government updated the guidance for test kits for schools and further education (FE) providers to provide further advice on the distribution of test kits for symptomatic staff and communicate how schools and FE providers can look up their unique organisation number.

8 October 2020

The Children returning to school booklet translated

The Returning to School booklet has now been translated to Urdu and Polish for parents and families so they can learn about how schools and colleges will be keeping children and young people safe, to help reassure parents and aBswer some of their questions.

29 September 2020

Face coverings update for schools and childcare settings

Health care workers providing support in all schools and Early Years Childcare settings will follow the agreed Infection Prevention and Control for Health Care Settings.  Please allow health care workers visiting your school to follow the controls their employer has provided in their risk assessment, especially as they may interact with different bubbles within your school and also with different schools.

16 September 2020

Guidance: suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in schools

Guidance for schools regarding suspected and confirmed cases of COVID-19.

15 September 2020

e-Bug resources for schools

The Department for Education have recently published “Guidance for full opening: schools”, recommending Public Health England’s free infection prevention education resource ‘e-Bug’.

14 September 2020

COVID-19 information and guidance in community languages

Key COVID-19 information and guidance has been translated into 15 languages.

14 September 2020

Receiving personal protective equipment (PPE) information

Schools and further education institutions receiving a delivery of personal protective equipment (PPE).

14 September 2020

Managing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in school

Important information for schools on when to contact DfE’s helpline and when to contact your local Health Protection Team.

14 September 2020

Responding to those with COVID-19 symptoms

Information by the Department for Education on responding to COVID-19 symptoms. 

14 September 2020

Hands, Face, Space campaign

A new public information campaign has been launched ahead of winter to highlight how everyone can help to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

14 September 2020

Ordering additional COVID-19 test kits

Guidance for Schools and Further Education providers on ordering additional COVID-19 test kits. 

4 September 2020

Face coverings in school guidance

Download guidance on face coverings for primary, secondary and special schools. 

3 September 2020

Guidance for school and EY settings regarding suspected and confirmed cases of COVID19 and general FAQ’s

Updated: Waltham Forest has produced guidance for schools and Early Years settings in event of a possible or confirmed case of COVID-19.

3 September 2020

Children returning to school booklet

Share this booklet with parents and families, so they can learn about how schools and colleges will be keeping children and young people safe, to help reassure parents and answer some of their questions.

3 September 2020

Back to School: Communications guidance

A guide and resources to help school leaders communicate with parents who are preparing for their child's return to school this September 2020.

15 July 2020

COVID-19 FAQs for childcare settings

Waltham Forest has produced this COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document which include responses to questions that have been asked by childcare settings in Waltham Forest and answers to questions which highlight important aspects of the national guidance specific for under 5s provision.

These FAQs for childcare settings have been updated to reflect the changes in guidance that will be in place from the Monday 20 July 2020.

This document does not include questions and answers relating to the test and trace system and what to do in the event of a suspected or confirmed case.

7 July 2020

Staff holiday and quarantine requirements

Staff holidays, quarantine requirements and the need for staff to be available to attend school at the start of the Autumn Term

This guidance is for school leaders for the management of staff annual leave in light of the requirement for returning travellers to the UK to quarantine for 14 days. 

2 July 2020

Waltham Forest Outbreak Control Plan

Waltham Forest's top priority is preventing COVID-19. The coucil have devised a plan and will be working with local partners and diverse communities to ensure all residents, organisations and businesses have the information they need to take responsible action to protect their health and our most vulnerable residents. 

16 June 2020

Teachers appraisal cycle in light of COVID19 pandemic

Should appraisals and performance management processes continue for teachers during this period?

16 June 2020

Risk Assessment Update

Update on risk assessment following TFL update on wearing face coverings.

10 June 2020

Access to hygiene facilities for drivers

The Department for Transport and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to reassure drivers and to remind businesses of their obligations under the Workplace regulations 1992 to provide suitable toilet and hand washing facilities to drivers visiting their premises.  

3 June 2020

COVID-19 and the youth service

The National Youth Agency report Out of Sight? Vulnerable Young People: COVID-19 Response has three top concerns:

  • Increased mental health problems’
  • ‘Missing from education’
  • ‘At risk, at home’

2 June 2020

COVID-19 and risk assessments

Management of staff and assessing personal health circumstances and availability. Complete the new assessment form. 

2 June 2020

Re-opening Ofsted registered childcare and FEE provision from 1 June 2020

Local authority's position statement with regards to re-opening Ofsted registered childcare and Free Early Education provision from Monday 1 June 2020.

1 June 2020

SENIF process update June 2020

In light of the opening of some schools and settings and children returning to take up their Free Early Education Entitlement there has been further updates including an extension of funding for different cohorts of children.

1 June 2020

Use of alcohol based sanitiser

The use of non-alcohol sanitisers is not effective against the COVID-19 virus.

19 May 2020

Preparing for Reopening Guidance and Risk Assessment template

The Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service  have produced a re-opening plan template for private voluntary and independent sector based on Government guidance and additional best practice.


15 May 2020

Advice to Staff visiting residents at home

The council employs a range of staff who are required to visit clients during their work. Before carrying out a visit, staff should call the client and ascertain.

5 May 2020

Monitoring Vulnerable Children – Early Help – COVID 19

In response to enquiries made by schools, Early Help has provided the following responses to the work that they are carrying out during COVID-19.

5 May 2020

Monitoring vulnerable children – Safeguarding in Education – COVID 19

In response to enquiries made by schools, Safeguarding has provided the following responses to the work that they are carrying out during COVID-19.

5 May 2020

Monitoring Vulnerable Children -BACME- COVID-19

In response to enquiries made by schools, BACME has provided the following responses to the work that they are carrying out during COVID-19.

5 May 2020

Quick Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) guidance

Directors of Public Health across London agreed that a suite of common, London-branded resources for use across the system would be useful in order to reduce duplication of effort and to ensure consistent messaging across London.

1 May 2020

Promoting learning at home during school closures

As we are aware, children won’t be in school for some time, and it will be longer before they return to normal. We can continue children’s education at home.
The Education Endownment Foundation (EEF) have looked at research to help teachers achieve the best for the children they teach.

28 April 2020

COVID-19 testing extended to all essential workers

The Government has launched a National Testing Programme that provides COVID-19 tests to critical workers or symptomatic members of their household.

27 April 2020

Financial support for education settings - COVID 19

Waltham Forest has produced a summary of published DfE guidance on relevant funding and financial measures to support schools during COVID-19.

27 April 2020

Update - Government guidance on the COVID-19 Job Retention Scheme State-funded schools

The government has put in place a number of funding and financial measures to support organisations during COVID 19 outbreak.

27 April 2020

School funding: Exceptional costs associated with COVID 19

DfE have produced guidance on funding available to schools to support them with costs associated with COVID-19.

27 April 2020

Financial support for education and impact on suppliers - COVID 19

Guidance from DfE on the payment of suppliers during COVID-19.

23 April 2020

Important information for Early Years providers regarding COVID-19

Information for Ofsted registered Early Years and Schools Nursery Class providers.

A range of information for Ofsted registered Early Years and Childcare providers and schools delivering Free early education places relating to the potential impact of Covid 19, including children’s learning, staffing, finance and supporting vulnerable children/families.

19 April

Safeguarding and Remote Education during COVID 19

The DfE has produced guidance is to help schools and teachers support pupils’ education at home during COVID-19.

19 April 2020

Remote education during COVID 19

DfE information, guidance and support for teachers no remote learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

17 April 2020

Furloughing After School Club and Breakfast Club staff

Waltham Forest Schools HR has produced the briefing to clarify the Government and Local Government Association (LGA) position on furloughing school staff.

16 April 2020

Support to disadvantaged pupils – Waltham Forest Focused Solution

David Kilgallon wrote to headteachers to update them on the range of support to disadvantaged pupils during COVID 19 and explore with system leaders, what a Waltham Forest focused solution could look like.

7 April 2020

Initial Teacher Training (ITT) - COVID 19

Information for providers about managing initial teacher training courses impacted by COVID 19.

2 April 2020

Stonewall - Best practice, toolkits and resources

Stonewall have recently launched new resources for schools, colleges and settings.

1 April 2020

Updates from GOV.UK

Today's changes include closure of educational settings, school closures and keeping children safe in education. 

31 March 2020

Guidance supporting children in setting

The Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service have put together a brief guidance to support children in settings. 

31 March 2020

Daily monitoring returns

Waltham Forest schools are requested to use the new monitoring spreadsheet which will be sent by the Education Performance and Information Team. This is in addition to reporting the numbers attending to the DfE. 

31 March 2020

Latest updates from GOV.UK

Updates regarding school closures, guidance on vulnerable children and safeguarding in schools

26 March 2020

School Meals Guidance

Following the COVID-19 guidance on free school meals sent out by the Government, Waltham Forest has produced the following guidance to support schools in the borough in meeting their obligation  that every eligible child has access to food throughout the current COVID-19 pandemic.  

26 March 2020

26 March 2020: Daily updates from Department for Education

Today's updates from Department for Education.

25 March 2020

25 March 2020: Daily updates by Department for Education

Today's document update from the Department for Education.

24 March 2020

Envirocure temporary closure

The council has been informed by Envirocure that there will be undertaking a temporary closure during the Lockdown Period.

24 March 2020

Support from the Key

The Key have launched a resource free to schools. This Hub of information shares a host of information on COVID-19. 

23 March 2020

Latest advice from the DfE for educational staff

Information regarding critical workers, exams and grades and funding support for schools. 

23 March 2020

Reducing infections in schools guidance

Waltham Forest have devised a guidance to reduce infections in schools. The guidance includes guidance on general sanitising, hand washing, social distancing and cleaning after a suspected or confirmed infection. 

23 March 2020

Changes to attendance recording and daily online return to DfE

From Monday 23 March, educational settings will need to temporarily change their attendance recording practices. To minimise the burden on settings and ensure that only the most important information is submitted

20 March 2020

Local Government Association closure of schools guidance

Local Government Association have put together a guidance to support schools and councils to make decisions and manage the workforce implications for both teachers and school support staff as a result of the closure of their schools by the school day on Friday 20 March. 

20 March 2020

London Grid for Learning taking measures to support schools

London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is taking measures to support schools during this difficult period.

19 March 2020

Guidance on maintaining educational provision

Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision.

19 March 2020

Temporary Children Family Centres suspension

Children and Family centre Partners, including Lloyd Park Children’s charity, NELFT, HENRY Citizen Advice in partnership with the local authority have made the decision, in light of COVID-19, to move services from face-to-face contact to a remote service. 

19 March 2020

COVID-19: Free school meal guidance

Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

18 March 2020

COVID-19: Working from home

Update from National Joint Council regarding working from home for local authority staff.

18 March 2020

COVID-19: Bill Guidance-meeting statutory SEND requirements

Department for Education guidance on the requirements for meeting statutory SEND requirements in light of COVID-19.

18 March 2020

Ofsted suspends all routine inspections

The Secretary of State has allowed Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector to temporarily suspend all routine inspections of schools, further education, early years and social care providers.

16 March 2020

Latest advice on COVID-19

This is updated guidance (16 March 2020) for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19). 

10 March 2020

Latest advice on COVID-19

Latest advice, number of cases in Waltham Forest and DfE advice line update. 

9 March 2020

Teaching resources on hygiene

GOV.UK have published teaching resources for childcare and educational settings on hygiene.

3 March 2020

Latest advice on COVID-19

Latest advice for schools and educational settings regarding COVID-19. 

26 February 2020

Covid -19: Advice for schools and educational settings

As of Tuesday 25 February, the latest advice for returning travelers.

14 February 2020

Coronovirus advice for all early years providers and schools

Additional advice regarding Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers.

4 February 2020

Update on the Coronovirus

Public Health briefing for education settings on the Coronavirus.