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Coronavirus: FAQs

These FAQs are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute legal or professional advice. They represent ASCL’s views, but you rely on them at your own risk. For specific advice relevant to your particular circumstances, please contact your employer’s HR service or legal advisers.

These FAQs (divided into different categories below) are designed to be read alongside the Department for Education’s coronavirus-related guidance, all of which can be found on gov.uk. They are an attempt to capture the most urgent questions being asked by school and college leaders, to the best of our knowledge and understanding. 

We are reviewing the FAQs on a regular basis – adding new questions as they arise, updating answers to existing questions as information changes, and removing obsolete questions. 

If you have a question which is not covered here, and you are an ASCL member, please email coronavirus@ascl.org.uk, and we will try to find an answer and share it here. 

For colleagues in Wales, please see ASCL Cymru FAQs


 

School, college and university admissions

  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Financial and legal FAQs

  • Leadership
  • Funding
  • Finance
  • Resources
  • Coronavirus

Inspection and accountability FAQs

  • Accountability
  • Inspection
  • Ofsted
  • Coronavirus

Opening schools and colleges more widely

  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

School places for children of critical workers and vulnerable children FAQs

  • Inclusion
  • Pastoral
  • Health and safety
  • Disability
  • SEND
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

Staff and pupil health and wellbeing FAQs

  • Leadership
  • Pastoral
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Health and safety
  • Mental Health
  • Flexible working
  • Government
  • Coronavirus

Staff management, recruitment and retention FAQs

  • Leadership
  • Jobs
  • Employment
  • Teaching
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Coronavirus

Summer holiday and autumn term

  • Leadership
  • Planning
  • Coronavirus

Teaching, learning and assessment FAQs

  • Leadership
  • Teaching
  • Assessment
  • Government
  • Coronavirus