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)
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Home Worship IconCollective 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.
  • Black Lives Matter Collective Worship: There is a lovely powerpoint presentation with accompanying notes written by Canterbury Diocese. It is for an act of worship to raise awareness in our schools of the Black Lives Matter protests. Many people have been heard saying ‘all lives matter’ so why are people only focusing on black lives? The parable of the Lost Sheep has been used to illustrate that all the sheep are precious to the shepherd, but the one that is lost needs his help more!
  • Some great resources from NATRE, to give you inspiration to teach socially distanced RE. RE Today advisers have put together some lesson suggestions for NATRE – some free and some exclusive for NATRE members! Check them out…. 
  • Free resources for schools and families. This series of reflection pieces is designed to support all staff in our schools and academies to explore further the distinctiveness of church schools and the difference they can and do make to the lives of our young people.
  • Homeresources for Collective Worship.

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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

Goodness and Mercy: A website hosting a selection of RSHE resources written primarily for Church of England schools. The resources are written to meet both the mandatory requirements of the 2020 Department for Education guidance for RSHE, the Church of England Education Office Charter and the Section 48 Statutory Inspection and Methodist Schools expectations. Find out more….

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.

The Church of England Education Leaders and Teachers have created new resources to help schools working with bereaved children and young people.

The resources – practical and rooted in biblical support – are aimed at supporting schools as they take on the task of helping children and young people dealing with grief, acknowledging loss of opportunity and missed rites of passage. Find out more….

Canterbury Diocese has produced a pack to provide guidance to leaders and practical support. Find out more….

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.
  • Faith Based Criteria – Own Admission Authorities: As you are aware churches are currently closed and therefore this will create a difficultly in measuring church attendance for admission applications. The Diocese has been working nationally with colleagues and the OSA to find a solution which may be for each admission authority to seek a variation to their arrangements. It is proposed that this is co-ordinated through each Diocese. Please can you contact us if you want to discuss further or to seek a variation which will be worded to exclude church attendance at this time. Contact Christina Mabin if you have any queries.

 RE Home Learning IconResources

  • School Exclusion Risks after Covid-19: A report that looks at potential new and heightened risks for school exclusions caused by the recent Covid-19 pandemic. Find out more….
  •  Mental Health and Wellbeing: A list of useful mental health and wellbeing resources. In particular we would like to draw your attention to Barry Carpenter and Matthew Carpenter’s Recovery Curriculum which sums up many of the key considerations you will need to provide in September.

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.

RE Home Learning IconTraining Opportunities and Resources for Teaching Staff

  •  Laura Tsabet has created a list of free CPD opportunities.
  •  Church of England Foundation for Education Leadership are offering open network sessions this term for school leaders. All virtual network sessions will run from 10-11am. Find out more….
  •  Fiveways Devon have produced a Reflective Tool for School Leaders Leaving Lockdown, to support schools in this unique time in education.
  • The EEF’s rapid evidence review examines the potential impact of schools closures on the attainment gap, based on a systematic search of existing literature. Click here.The report notes that parental engagement in children’s learning and the quality of the home learning environment are associated with improved academic outcomes at all ages. The effectiveness of strategies will differ by age group. For example, in primary schooling, shared book reading and linked activities such as building vocabulary and practising spellings are valuable, while in secondary schools parents can support children to read independently and create study routines. EEF resources for schools on supporting parents during school closures are available here.

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