Latest 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. 

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.

18 March 2020

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.

16 March 2020

Latest advice on COVID-19

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

16 March 2020

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.

18 March 2020

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. 

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.