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.
Updates from GOV.UK
Today's changes include closure of educational settings, school closures and keeping children safe in education.
Guidance supporting children in setting
The Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service have put together a brief guidance to support children in settings.
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.
Latest updates from GOV.UK
Updates regarding school closures, guidance on vulnerable children and safeguarding in schools
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: Daily updates from Department for Education
Today's updates from Department for Education.
25 March 2020: Daily updates by Department for Education
Today's document update from the Department for Education.
Envirocure temporary closure
The council has been informed by Envirocure that there will be undertaking a temporary closure during the Lockdown Period.
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.
Latest advice from the DfE for educational staff
Information regarding critical workers, exams and grades and funding support for schools.
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.
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
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.
London Grid for Learning taking measures to support schools
London Grid for Learning (LGfL) is taking measures to support schools during this difficult period.
Guidance on maintaining educational provision
Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision.
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.
COVID-19: Free school meal guidance
Guidance for schools and local authorities on free school meals arrangements during the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19: Working from home
Update from National Joint Council regarding working from home for local authority staff.
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.
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.
Funding for free childcare offer to continue in event of closures
Information for Early Years Providers regarding funding for free childcare offer to continue in the event of COVID-19 closures.
Latest advice on COVID-19
This is updated guidance (16 March 2020) for education settings on coronavirus (COVID-19).
Information for Ofsted registered Early Years and Childcare providers
Information for Ofsted registered Early Years and Childcare providers relating to potential impact of COVID-19 Coronavirus from the Council’s Early Years, Childcare and Business Development Service.
Free Early Education Entitlement (FEEE) Funding Policy – COVID-19
This guidance provides specific policy guidance on accessing early years funding payments for children during the current outbreak of COVID-19 (also known as coronavirus). This policy does not replace the guidance on health or reporting protocols provided by DfE and Public Health England.
Latest advice on COVID-19
Latest advice, number of cases in Waltham Forest and DfE advice line update.
Teaching resources on hygiene
GOV.UK have published teaching resources for childcare and educational settings on hygiene.
Latest advice on COVID-19
Latest advice for schools and educational settings regarding COVID-19.
Covid -19: Advice for schools and educational settings
As of Tuesday 25 February, the latest advice for returning travelers.
Coronovirus advice for all early years providers and schools
Additional advice regarding Coronavirus – Advice for all early years providers, schools and further education providers.
Update on the Coronovirus
Public Health briefing for education settings on the Coronavirus.