We recognise that this is 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. 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 created a forum for sharing advice and support, in the form of a LinkedIn group for educators based in international schools. Please join this group if you wish to share any insights or knowledge you have, or to gain some advice from others in similar positions. 

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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 Members. 

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

The UK Government has issued guidance on a COVID-19 action plan, and guidance for educational settings. You can read the UK Government response to the crisis 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. 

 

We have curated a host of webinars to provide you with real-life advice and guidance from experts on topics like university admissions, safeguarding, resilience and wellbeing, and more. Sign up here to make sure you hear about upcoming webinars.

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The Department for Education have released new guidance on COVID-19 and safeguarding. Read it here.

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.

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. 

The National Literacy Trust has put together a 'Book of Hopes' to inspire and comfort children in lockdown. You can view it here.

 

Following the UK Government announcement (18/03/2020) about the cancellation of examinations in the UK, all international Summer exams have been cancelled in 2020. 

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.

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

 

ITT: Trainee teachers will be able to qualify by the end of the academic year, based on their “current trajectory of progress”, the DfE has confirmed. Read more here.

NQT Induction: For those new teachers who are completing their NQT induction year, appropriate bodies for NQT Induction have sought clarification from the DfE. Although NQTs can only be ‘absent’ for up to 29.5 days, school closure does not constitute absence and induction outcomes are unlikely to be affected by school closures. Please click here to read an update from ISTip.

We hosted a webinar with Executive Director of IStip, Judith Fenn, on the implications of school closures on newly qualifying teachers, which you can view here. 

 

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

Our latest blog is from Paul Walton, Principal of the British International School of Ljubljana, which reopened on May 18th, 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. She's shared some great advice on communicating with parents, making the most of leadership within your school and some challenges they faced.

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

Read our blog on what some of our members think about the impact on international recruitment. 

In Rome, David Tongue, the Principal of St. George's International School, has shared how his school prepared as quickly as they could for their school closure, and the steps they took to equip their staff and students with everything they needed.

From Hong Kong, we hosted a live webinar with Brian Cooklin, Principal of Nord Anglia International School, discussing his experience of closure, and how to make the most out of a difficult situation. Have a listen here.

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.

Check out this article from Matt Seddon, also of the Kellett School in Hong Kong, sharing the lessons they've learned from a long-term closure. 

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

Aloha College in Marbella have shared their challenge on walking the distance from Marbella to the UK - take a look here.

TES has a number of articles on various topics, such as crisis planning, the impact of COVID-19 on international teachers, safeguarding children from COVID-19, how to keep teaching when schools are closed 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.

ISC Research has created a coronavirus hub, which will be updated every Friday. It has a comprehensive list of countries experiencing school closures.

 

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.