Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for headteachers and schools

We know you are facing a hugely challenging time.

Thank you for the incredible work you’re doing in these tough circumstances. You will be rightly focused on your pupils and school.

As you would expect, across all our programmes, we are making changes to protect health and stay in line with latest advice, but make sure we can continue supporting you during this difficult time.

We will reschedule all Teach First-led group training events. This affects trainee teachers and school leaders on all our programmes, including the Training Programme, National Professional Qualifications (NPQs), Careers Leader and Leading Together.

Where possible, the topics covered will be rescheduled and delivered virtually after Easter. If you have a Teach First trainee teacher, colleagues from the relevant partner university will also be in touch with your trainee, or they may have been in touch already. We will be working closely with them to ensure our support joins up effectively. We’ll be giving specific guidance on QTS and the PGDE shortly, but you and your trainees don’t need to worry about that right now.

Where our staff work with your school on a one to one basis, they will continue to do so – but these meetings will be conducted via phone or video link.

We’ve been proactively preparing to deliver our support remotely. After the Easter break, we’ll be moving our programmes online, designed specifically to support high quality learning through digital tools. We’ll plan these so they work for the new arrangements your staff will inevitably be working in. Teachers and leaders will be able to take part in learning from a location that works for them.

This is an interim arrangement until further notice, and we’ll keep you updated as the situation develops. We’re sorry for the disruption but are confident we’ll be able to keep supporting you through our new approach.   We’re determined to be there for you in this difficult time.  

Next Steps

You will rightly be focusing on urgent priorities now. Whenever the time is right time for your school, know we’ll be here to talk about partnership for this year, next year and beyond. Get in touch when it’s right for you.

Impact on inequality and schools   

Lastly, we’re very aware that it’s the most vulnerable pupils who will be hit hardest by this outbreak, in health, education and beyond. It’s schools like yours that are doing amazing things to tackle this, in the most challenging circumstances.

We’re inspired by the work you are doing. It shows the best of this community. Thank you, look after yourself and stay safe. 

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