Our aim over this tough period of lockdown and remote learning is to assist you as much as possible.

As your extra pair of hands, we’ve been working on resources to help provide clarity and save you time creating or updating your coronavirus (COVID-19) documents.

We know you’re extremely busy, so let’s get straight to the point. Here are the latest resources that can help you and your team get up-to-speed and give you back some time:




Up-to-speed on: What the National Lockdown Means for Schools

Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Rapid-result Testing in Schools





Coronavirus (COVID-19): Remote Education Information for Parents

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Rapid-result Testing Log for Schools

Live Online Lesson Risk Assessment

Share your advice and help the Education community!

Our Good Practice Reports are designed to find out what our Education community does to overcome different topics and issues faced in the sector today.

This time, we are asking for your ‘Top Tips For Implementing Remote Education’

If you can spare a minute or two, share your advice via the link below, and we will produce a report sharing your good practice recommendations with the Education community.

Click here to have your say and help your colleagues in Education.

COVID HR Drop-in Session

Our HR partners, FusionHR, are hosting an ‘Ask the Expert – COVID HR Drop-in Session’ this Thursday! To register for this FREE webinar, or to find out more, click here.

This month’s Expert Insights blog

Read our latest Expert Insight blog from Neve Spicer, Founder and Director of WeTheParents.org. Here, she talks about the ways to manage stress in children.

Read here!






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If you don’t see a document you need on TheSchoolBus, get in touch and we will do our utmost to help. Master Users can request a document through our form on TheSchoolBus, all other users can let us know what would really help them by emailing content@hub4leaders.co.uk.

Looking for answers? Ask us your questions

If you’re a Master User, you can ask us any education-related question and we will be happy to provide clarity.

This week, we were asked: ‘Is it a legal requirement to take all critical workers’ requests for on-site provision?’

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How we’re working to help you

To bring you the news faster and solutions when you really need them, we’ve adjusted our working times and increased our editorial flexibility. This allows us to not only provide you with need-to-know information earlier than ever, but also create solutions to emerging problems faster.

Don’t forget, if you see a resource you’d like to use but aren’t sure if it’s up-to-date with the latest changes, simply click ‘Request article review’ and we will review the resource at the earliest opportunity.







The early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) is not mandatory this year

Schools are being asked to use their “best endeavours” to carry out the EYFSP assessment instead. The DfE previously said the process would continue to go ahead; however, they have now decided that the assessments are no longer mandatory.

Schools Minister, Nick Gibb, said that the assessment was being made optional “in recognition of the additional pressures reception teachers face”.

Schools that do decide they can complete the EYFSP this year, and provide the information to parents and Year 1 teachers, will not be externally moderated. The requirement to submit the data to LAs or confirm whether they have completed it has been removed.

The EYFSP did not go ahead last year following the cancellation of primary assessments due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Pupils’ grades to be based on teachers’ assessments

Ofqual has published its two-week consultation on alternative arrangements for GCSE and A-level results in Summer 2021, following the government’s decision to cancel exams due to take place this year.

Ofqual is proposing that pupils’ grades in each subject are to be “based on their teachers’ assessment of the standard at which [they are] performing”. Final assessments will take place “towards the end of the academic year”.

The regulator also said that to help teachers to make “objective decisions”, it is proposing that exam boards provide “guidance and training”. Sets of papers for teachers to use with pupils are being considered as part of the plans. Ofqual is seeking views on whether “such papers should be provided” and what they should look like if they were to be implemented.

Under the proposed plan, pupils would be assessed by their teachers from May until early June, and would be expected to submit grades to exam boards by mid-June.

To have your say, you can access the consultation here.


Education Secretary questioned on remote learning, rapid-result testing and FSM vouchers

Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has been questioned by MPs on several key issues schools are currently facing. Here’s a summary of what we learned.

Mr Williamson continued his insistence on the importance of live lessons as part of a remote education offer, saying it has been “shown to be the best way in terms of delivering teaching”. Last week, however, Ofsted published guidance which described the same claim as one of several “unhelpful myths” on remote education.

Take a look at our Live Online Lesson Policy and risk assessment for more details on delivering live remote lessons compliantly and effectively.

Children’s Minister Vicky Ford said the DfE has asked PHE and NHS Test and Trace to provide “rapid updated public health advice on daily contact COVID testing in schools”. The daily serial testing recently failed to gain the approval of the UK’s medical regulatory authority.

Ms Ford added that the government continues to encourage “the weekly testing of all staff, although this remains a voluntary matter for individual staff members, and as I said, early years staff will be prioritised through the community testing”.

On the issue of FSM, Mr Williamson said the food parcels shared on social media last week were “unacceptable” and “didn’t meet the expectations or the guidance that we have set out”.

He claimed that over 15,000 vouchers had already been dispatched through the national scheme that began yesterday.





[New] Staff Wellbeing During the National Lockdown Survey

[New] Wellbeing Questionnaires for Pupils During the National Lockdown

[New] Wellbeing Survey for Staff Working from Home During the National Lockdown


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