School COVID-19 Resources
Schools and teachers are facing more challenges than ever before. We’re ready to support you now, next year and beyond.
First and foremost: thank you.
We’re so inspired and humbled by the work you’re already doing to support the country’s most vulnerable pupils. We know how hard you’re working to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t shut out the most disadvantaged children and young people.
We want to help as much as we can. So we’re compiling resources we hope will support you through this challenging time. We’ll keep adding resources, so be sure to bookmark this page.
Running a summer school: a guide for teachers
In this period, there's a serious risk that the attainment gap between poorer pupils and their classmates could grow further. Summer schools – when schools are opened for some pupils over the holidays – can work as special provision to help them catch up.
This guide to running a summer school was written by Teach First Ambassadors with experience of running summer schools, in response to a need expressed by our community of teachers. We are working with them to share it.
For even more insights, watch our webinar on summer schools and how to implement them.
Oak National Academy
Made by teachers, for teachers, Oak National Academy is packed with quality-assured, curriculum-mapped video lessons and resources. We collaborated with over 40 educators and organisations to build this site in under two weeks, as an urgent response to the crisis. Each week, Oak will produce 180 hours' worth of free lessons, to be used as a full curriculum or to complement your existing plans.
Future terms: an online panel series
We're hosting a series of online discussions exploring how schools can rebound from the COVID-19 crisis. Sign up here to join our five digital discussions running throughout June and July – all are welcome and attendance is free. Each one features expert voices from across the sector to help schools start planning for some of the challenges – and opportunities – that lie ahead.
Webinar: How to deliver online lessons
Online learning is a new area for many. Based on research, and tested by our teaching community, we’ve put together a short video to help you deliver successful lessons online. Watch it here (14 minutes).
Teaching resource bank
Explore our bank of resources, shared by our community of teachers and Teach First partner schools. The bank is already brimming with resources to support things like subject-specific online learning, supporting pupils with anxiety and school planning and strategy examples. Explore the Teaching resource bank here.
Post-school success toolkit
Work experience placements, local employer visits, or careers workshops will all have been postponed recently, but good quality careers education is still as important as ever for your pupils. For extra online support, download our free Post-school success toolkit. Designed for teachers, it will help you share valuable information about post-16 and post-18 options with your pupils at all key stages and phases.
Teach First Safer Schools App
We have partnered with the highly regarded Safer Schools app to provide free access to the Teach First community until December 2020.
The award-winning app helps educate and empower school communities to better protect themselves in the digital world, through delivering contemporary and relevant safeguarding information and training to teachers, pupils, parents and carers.
Instructions: Download the app. Open and select ‘Teach First’ in the schools list. Enter the relevant four digit code:
Schools insured by Zurich Municipal are eligible for development of their own bespoke version of the app. To check, please email them.
Partnering with Teach First
Schools are facing more challenges than ever before. We’re ready to support you now, next year and beyond.
Get in touch to find out about:
how we can support your existing teachers with our range of leadership programmes.