Coronavirus Resources for Schools

We hope that you find the following resources helpful as we all adjust to new ways of working. We will continue to post new resources on this page so please check back regularly.

Please note: The coronavirus lockdown has resulted in a significant reduction in our ability to undertake our role. Half of the education team have now been placed on furlough leave. The remaining staff remain available to provide information, advice and guidance to schools. Some out-of-office emails will direct you to re-send Your email will then be sent to the most appropriate member of our team for follow up. We will continue review the situation and update you of any changes. Thank your for understanding during these challenging times. 

Urgent enquiries: 01392 294 950 (to be diverted to a member of the team)
General enquiries:
Twitter feed: @EdCofEDevon

Home Worship IconHome Worship for  Children

  • Join Oak National Academy’s weekly collective worship sessions, led by Church of England’s schools and in partnership with those of other faith traditions. Suitable for those of all faiths and none. Click here….
  • Diddy Disciples offer worship and Bible storytelling by Sharon Moughtin-Mumby: Anglican priest, Bible scholar, writer, and mother. They are streaming Bedtime Prayers (Compline), led by children, from the Diddy Disciples Facebook page every evening.  
  • Fischy Music write songs supporting the social, emotional and spiritual well being of children. They are live streaming musical assemblies on Monday mornings. Find out more at the Fischy Music Facebook page.
  • Worshiping with Children have a mission to help worship planners and leaders create congregational worship that is child friendly – without ruining it for the adults. They are offering worship outlines and reflections on the lectionary passages via the Worshiping with Children Facebook page.
  • Messy Church is a fun way of being of church for families. They are designing sessions which can be used by families at home – for example, this breaking bread – fun family prayer time exercise.
  • The children’s workers from St Matts Church Exeter are providing a series of you tube videos of children’s activities linked to bible stories. Watch here.
  • Download Tim Watson’s Socially Distant collection of poems, prayers and postures for free. Find out more….
  • Prayer Spaces in Schools have created prayer activities for families to use in the home. Find out more….
  • A Daily Examen for the Family an ancient tradition taken from Ignatius Loyola a 16th Century Spanish Saint.
  • The Diocese of Bristol are sharing their ideas for continuing Reflective / Spiritual times  and meditation at home.
  • Worship at Home has been created by the Diocese of St Albans. Here you will find weekly worship at home resources. These include creative activities, think pieces and prayers that can be used at home or at school. Find out more….
  • St Christopher’s Multi Academy Trust  are sharing daily Christian collective worship videos, for use by schools and families while schools are closed. Watch here.
  • Engage Worship are publishing daily prayers and worship activities which families can engage with together, using movement, interaction, craft, play and more. Find out more….
  • The Church of England have partnered with Oak National Academy to provide separate weekly collective worship sessions led by schools, which is accessible to those of all faiths and none. The sessions will be streamed through TES from 10am every Thursday.

RE Home Learning IconRE Home Learning for Children

RE Today is supporting NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education) by providing ALL teachers with resources which they can use and share with parents to support with home learning.

Resources are available for all key stages and can be downloaded free of charge from the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education website. 

TrueTube (KS1-5) is a multi award-winning website for schools that provides short films for RE, PSHE and Citizenship. You can access their films at their website.

Video: What are Religion, Philosophy and Ethics? (KS2-5) 

BBC resources

Talking to Children about CoronavirusTalking to Children about Coronavirus

The British Psychological Society’s Division of Educational and Child Psychology (DECP) has published tips for schools, parents and carers dealing with the unprecedented school closures.

Supporting Families IconSupporting Families

Devon and Torbay Mental Health Teams in School have pulled together a number of resources for schools to share with families.

If you still have a Devon Child in Care on roll, please see the letter and guidance circulated to your school for your information.

Schools may also find the following guide useful in supporting the mental health and well-being of pupils and students during periods of disruption:

MindEd is a free educational resource on children and young people’s mental health for all adults. Click here….

In addition, JKP Books have produced a number of free online resources:

Happy Families, Happy Futures programme is designed to improve communication and ease tension between parents or carers, supporting a happy environment for their children. Find out more….

Other resources include:

Biteback have produced a simple shopping list along with some ideas for a balanced meals. Providing families with ideas on how to spend the £15 free school meal voucher and make it go further. Find out more….

Bereavement ResourcesHome Worship Icon

Sadly, it is likely that many in our school communities will be affected by Coronavirus and we have produced separate suggestions of bereavement resources for those supporting others after a bereavement. Colleagues from the Diocese of Bath and Wells have produced a some ideas to help children and young people explore feelings of loss of all kinds; Exploring Loss with Children.

The National Governance Association have published information for supporting schools to deal with bereavement.

St Chrisopher’s Primary Multi Academy Trust have released a Bereavement Policy Guidelines 2020. The model document from Simon Says (including information from Babcock LD’s Critical Information Pack) has been distributed for guidance.

RE Home Learning IconEducational Resources

  • The Department for Education have produced an initial list of online educational resources to help children who are being home educated. There is support and resources for pupils of all ages. Find out more….
  • Pearson are providing schools with free access to a range of teaching and learning resources. To access these resources you will need to complete the online request form:

Family Fun Cooking iconFamily Fun Cooking

Ideas to share with parents to encourage healthy eating on a budget. Find out more…

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Chaplaincy in Education

The Centre of Chaplaincy in Education  have set up a daily zoom prayer meeting led by Maggie Everett. Please see the instructions on their website.

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership are also working on developing additional resources to help you in terms of advice regarding pastoral care and resources for collective worship at home. These will be uploaded to their website as soon as they are ready.

Supporting Families IconSchool Admissions Appeals

  • New legislation is expected on 24th April to enable appeals to go ahead this term. Guidance was published on 14th April. Please contact your LA for advice on the revised timetable and arrangements for admission appeals. For more information please visit the website.

Information for Governing Bodies iconInformation for Governing Bodies

  • Please continue to direct enquiries to Christina Mabin. The National Governance Association (NGA) is producing regular advice and guidance for school governing bodies. Please visit the NGA website to find out more.
  • The DfE have now published a Covid-19 Governance Update providing the latest departmental and government  advice on the spread of this virus, and how this relates to the role of those on governing and trust boards and clerks / governance professionals. Please visit the website to find out more.

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