As the situation with Coronavirus is evolving on a daily basis, our advice is to monitor the official government information from Public Health England.
There is also some general advice for the public.
A new helpline has been launched to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline using the details below:
- Phone: 0800 046 8687
- Email: DfE.firstname.lastname@example.org
- Opening hours: 8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday)
Contacting the Education Team
At present, we have reduced office cover and are receiving a higher than usual volume of emails.
Contact details for the Education Team are available on our Contact page.
Resources and downloads
We've put together some useful resources for schools to use during the Coronavirus pandemic. This page will be regularly updated as new resources become available.
1 April 2020:
We've put together a web page with resources for schools to use during the Coronavirus pandemic.
It provides some helpful links for worship and prayer ideas, RE home learning and resources on loss and bereavement.
23 March 2020:
Message to Schools from Rt Revd Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford
We are living through extraordinary days, and we are all learning how to be the church without the usual trappings of church life which we look to for sustenance. Now, in order to save lives and help our health service manage this crisis, schools are closing as well.
Could I thank you for the work you do for our children and our local communities, providing resources and support for children to learn at home, and continuing to teach in school and care for those children whose parents are in the front line of fighting the coronavirus and helping those who are suffering. Please be assured of my prayers.
23 March 2020:
The Archbishop of Canterbury has expressed his heartfelt thanks to all the school leaders and teachers who are working hard in these extremely challenging circumstances, saying they have his utmost admiration and gratitude for the work they are doing in the service of our children and young people.
You can see his message in full here.
The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership resources ‘Called, Connected and Committed’ also offers a weekly update which will seek to provide rich resources to support you at this time. This week's Called, Connected, Committed is focused on 'Offering Encouragement'.
18 March 2020:
Letter sent to Headteachers from Tim Elbourne, Diocesan Director of Education.