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Knowledge Hub

We recognise that this continues to be a challenging time for schools worldwide.

We want to facilitate the sharing of best-practice resources and trusted information around managing the impact of school closures due to the pandemic, as well as schools reopening with new guidelines and requirements. Here you will find advice on safeguarding, well-being, continuity of education and official guidance from education bodies, as well as case studies from teachers and schools all around the world.

This page will be updated regularly, so do check back. 

We are focused on providing the best care and support to our member schools. So, we're asking you to reach out and let us know what you need, and how we can support you. Email us and share your thoughts and concerns, and we'll do what we can to help.

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We have also curated a list of resources available for schools and teachers, at a free or discounted rate, helpfully offered by our Supporting Associates. 

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We have a helpful series of webinars on various topics, including safeguarding remote learning, recruitment challenges in lockdown and QA in distance learning. You can sign up to hear about upcoming webinars here.

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Insights for Education have a global tracker of school closures, which is updated daily. Find out which countries have implemented school closures here.

We have a number of support resources and information and guidance in our Members Area. Log in to view this. 

The World Health Organisation has daily updates on COVID-19 here

The Department for Education has a helpline for staff, parents and students. You can contact them on 0800 046 8687, from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. You can also email them at DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk. Note, this applies to those based in the UK only. 

The Foreign and Commonwealth office has updated travel advice on their website.

As always, our Guide to Good Governance is essential reading. 

Following the Prime Minister's announcement on 4 January that summer exams will not go ahead as planned in England, and the Education Secretary's confirmation that grades in England will be awarded based on teacher estimations, we have been working closely with international examination bodies to gain clarity on what this means for international schools.

To read the statement from Pearson/Edexcel, please click here.

To read the statement from Cambridge Assessment International Education, please click here. 

For the latest updates from the IBO, please click here.

OxfordAQA's statement can be read here.

Read OfQual's statement here.

We hosted a webinar on university admissions in a changed world - watch it here

The Department for Education have released guidance on actions for schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read it here. They have also released guidance for early years and childcare providers, which you can read here. Their guide to Keeping Children Safe in Education is always worth a read. 

SouthWest Grid for Learning have published a support page on Safeguarding and Planning for School Closure including resources and policy templates. You can also download the flyer on Safe Remote Learning here.

EduCare have a news page dedicated to Safeguarding and Duty of Care specifically. Keep an eye out for updates.

The Safeguarding Alliance have created a template for schools to use as a safeguarding policy. You can download it here. 

TES have written an article on safeguarding children in international schools during COVID-19 closures, and an article on 6 safety tips for staff. 

Andrew Hall, a Specialist Safeguarding Consultant, has put together a list on how to use Zoom safely

The mental health charity MIND have a mental well-being hub, full of useful info. Read it here.

TES has an article titled '8 ways to boost teachers' well-being', which you can read here.

Educational Psychologist Angie Wigford, from Dover Court International School, has written a piece on developing emotional resilience during difficult times, useful for both students and staff. She's also written a piece with advice on how to speak to children of different ages about the virus.

The Lancet have published an article advising on how to mitigate the effects of home confinement on children.

The NASWUT has offered advice on how to deal with racism and abuse around the virus in a school setting.

View our webinar on well-being in uncertain times, with Simon Mann.

The British School in the Netherlands have written a piece on helping children to understand their emotions, which you can read here. 

YoungMinds have a host of resources for supporting students through the pandemic. Read more here.

WISEducation magazine discusses many topics around well-being in the international school context. View all issues here.

ITT: The latest DfE guidance on ITT provision, including considerations for ITT courses disrupted by Covid-19, can be found here [https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-itt/coronavirus-covid-19-initial-teacher-training-ittamendments]

NQT Induction: The DfE’s guidance on induction for newly qualified teachers during the coronavirus outbreak can be found here. The DfE has extended to 1 September 2021 the period during which NQT absences relating to Covid-19 will not contribute towards the absence limit.

We know it can feel isolating when dealing with a closure. We've reached out to schools that have been dealing with closures for a number of weeks, and asked them to share their insights and advice, what to expect and how to cope. .

Our latest blog is from Paul Walton, Principal of the British International School of Ljubljana, discussing the steps they took to ensure the safety of both staff and students when reopening.

Fiona Cottam, Principal of Hartland International in Dubai, has written a blog for us detailing their experience of closing the school within 5 days. 

Learn about some basic principles of e-learning, from Ahmed Hussain at Wellington College China.

The Principal of Kellett School in Hong Kong, Mark Steed, has written an article on communicating with staff, students and parents, with advice on answering questions, dealing with the media and being responsive.

In Milan, John Nicolls has written about preparing for an incoming shutdown.

British Embassy School Ankara have shared how they're supporting SEND students with the difficulties of distance learning.

TES has a number of articles on various topics, such as crisis planning,  safeguarding children from COVID-19,  and what it's like for teachers doing their jobs from overseas.

International

The Council of International Schools have a page discussing the new realities of life during school closures, which you can read here.

The Latin American Heads Conference have created a resource centre for schools, view it here.

Tes has a coronavirus hub, which you can find here.

UK Based

The Association of School and College Leaders have created a hub of essential information

The Boarding Schools Association have been issuing guidance updates here

The Independent Schools Bursars Association has a Coronavirus legal briefing for schools, which you can view here. 

The Independent Schools Council's Digital Strategy Group has created an online hub of information and resources on COVID-19 and e-learning, which you can view here.