Update for schools: 7 July 2020

This update contains an updated risk assessment for full opening, an updated flowchart from Public Health, details of sessions for schools including one with HMI.

Risk assessment

We have published a risk assessment document that takes account of the government guidance issued last week. Please use this to plan for full opening in September but much of the work schools have done on previous risk assessments can be used to populate it. A reminder about the session that is taking place tomorrow about managing the school estate where risk assessments will be covered (below).

September return sessions this week

We have arranged sessions to support schools with particular aspects of the planning process for September 2020. Please find information and booking links below:






Alternative provision session

Wednesday 8th July

11am – 12pm

Alternative provision

Book by emailing Michael Innocenti (Michael.Innocenti@birmingham.gov.uk)

Making the most of the school estate (including risk assessments)

Wednesday 8th July

2pm – 3pm

School leaders, site managers and business managers


Governors’ engagement session

Thursday 9th July

1.30pm – 2.30pm

Chairs of Governors and Committees


Public Health flowchart

The Public Health flowchart for schools has been updated to provide further clarification about a household self-isolating for 14 days from 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms and that the bubble must self-isolate for 14 days. The flowchart can be accessed via this link.

Contacting Birmingham Public Health

As set out in the flowchart, please ensure you are using the email address BCCCOVID19@birmingham.gov.uk to contact Birmingham Public Health and putting ‘education support’ in the subject. Please do not contact individuals directly as this could mean that a response to you is delayed when an individual is on leave or away from work.

Principles and good practice for effective distance learning – a seminar with Deb Jenkins, HMI: Monday 13th July 2pm – 2.30pm

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has brought about a whole new challenge for school leaders in the way that their schools use technology for learning. As lockdown approached, schools had to move swiftly to make sure that pupils were able to access learning from home. For many, this began with a blend of paper-based activities and some online learning (as well as frantic sourcing of IT equipment!). As the weeks have progressed, approaches have been refined and developed and new ways of working are being realised. Schools are now planning for all pupils to return in September 2020, mindful that a virus spike could lead to temporary closures.

So, what have schools learned about this new way of blended learning? What has been really successful? How have challenges been overcome? What new challenges and opportunities will schools be facing over the next few months? This short seminar has evolved from a joint research project with the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council on schools’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will look at the key principles from research that support effective distance learning, along with suggestions for good practice. The seminar will be interspersed with practical examples of how some schools who have participated in the research have faced the challenges head on and evolved their practice, with one eye on the future.

The session will take place on Microsoft Teams and places can be booked on Eventbrite at this link https://distance-learning-13-july-2020.eventbrite.co.uk.

Summer arrangements

There is no expectation that schools will continue to provide educational provision throughout the summer, but most are already reviewing vulnerabilities of pupils and contacting social workers to make arrangements to signpost families to summer activities and support.  For the schools that wish to make arrangements for the summer holiday, BCC has been preparing a menu of providers detailing the range of provision on offer for schools to take up if they wish to and this will be shared tomorrow. The Early Years and Childcare service are currently trying to identify any schools that are experiencing a high parental demand for extended day childcare (suitable for working parents) over the summer holidays and would be willing to work with a local registered childcare provider to run an out of school summer holiday provision within your school. If you are interested in making your school building available for this purpose, the Early Years team may be able to match you with an existing childcare provider that is able to offer a service. Please email eyduty@birmingham.gov.uk with your contact details and the name/location of your school and an Early Years Consultant will contact you.

Early help locality hubs will be in operation to provide a source of advice, guidance and a range of early help support which will include access to food banks.  It would be helpful if you could promote the hubs through your website so that parents and carers know how to access support even when schools are closed.

 Education Safeguarding will continue to contact Head Teachers to advise of ICPC meetings during the summer break.

PE and Sport Premium

Yesterday the DfE confirmed that the £320 million PE and sport premium will continue for the 2020 to 2021 academic year. Individual school allocations will be confirmed in due course.

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