Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated 27/03/20

We know that members are seeking the most up-to-date advice on how to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak and the aim of this page of the HMC website is to provide links to the latest information and guidance. The associations are coordinating closely and using our particular expertise, including in finance, risk, academic policy, boarding and mental health, to help the sector through this most challenging time. HMC is sitting on the ISC Coronavirus Advisory Group and will continue to update members with our own briefings and those from other associations as they become available.

We are also keen to facilitate the sharing of specific concerns, documents and contingency plans between members and would encourage colleagues to send these to the Membership Secretary at [email protected]. These will be hosted in the HMC member zone and updated regularly.  Please note that none of the associations are medical, statutory or legal authorities and it is important for the advice contained in the links below to be read in this context.

Latest news as of 27.03.2020:

In a letter to the Times (scroll down), Neil Roskilly from ISA and private school proprietors warn of the consequences of parents witholding fees. The FT offers advice on how to parents can seek fee refunds (behind a pay wall). The TES says Ofqual will have exam plans by Easter. The TES also reports that ASCL is questioning the wisdom of bringing more children together in “hub” schools during the crisis. Online learning rockets as crisis grows, Yahoo news reports. The Independent says Childline has seen an increase in anxiety over coronavirus. Universities may have to cut tuition fees if education reduced, reports the Daily Mail.

Further news:

The Telegraph, Who qualifies as a key worker? Coronavirus school closures explained

The Telegraph, Coronavirus school closures: what does it mean for exams - and which children can still go to school?

See here for more news links.


Useful links and information:   

HMC Briefing for Members

HMC Member Zone – ensure you’re logged-in to the HMC Member Zone first, then find HMC Briefing for Members documents here (log-in required).

DfE/Public Health England advice

DfE on exams and grades: see here.

DfE guidance on key workers: see here.

DfE guidance on vulnerable children and young people: see here.

DfE guidance on implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings: see here

DfE guidance on travel advice for educational settings: see here

Public Health England/Government advice: see here.

DfE advice for educational settings: see here

DfE advice for attendance recording in educational settings: see here.

DfE coronavirus helpline for teachers: 0800 046 8687 8am to 6pm Mon-Fri

Independent Sector

Independent Schools Council (ISC) information for schools: see here. The ISC Digital Strategy Group is collecting materials to support online/distance learning in the event any school has need for such resources during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. See here.

Boarding Schools’ Association (BSA) update for schools: see here.

For details of school closures by country from ISC Research.  See here

Digital learning support for schools

Strategies for Teaching Online: see article here

Audio education service, Audiopi, is offering schools free access to its GCSE & A Level podcast tutorial service for two months to help them mitigate the possible impact of coronavirus.  Visit its website, here.

For the Infinity Global – Virtual Learning Platform: see here.

View online lectures on various teaching subjects as a resource for learning from home for Sixth Form students from Gresham's College. See here

Teaching, school closures and inspections 

ASCL General Secretary Q&A on school closures: see here

ISI - deferral of all ISI scheduled inspections: see here.

Ofqual statements and guidance: see here and here.

TES ‘live’ blog for teachers: see here.