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View updated guidance on Business continuity and holding virtual meetings with FAQs April 2020

Read the safeguarding information for governing boards sheet April 2020

Download the template annex to the child protection policy (BrowneJacobson)

Blog: read the experience and advice of three boards holding virtual meetings April 2020

Watch our webinar, led by Steve Edmonds, director of advice and guidance, on Virtual Governance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation on the 11 March 2020. It is now a major concern for school leaders monitoring and dealing with the risks and implications in an evolving situation.

The government has announced that all state schools will close to almost all pupils until further notice. The closure will take effect from the afternoon of Friday 20 March. Nurseries, private schools and sixth forms should also follow this guidance. The closure will apply to all children, except those of key workers and those who are “most vulnerable”, including those with social workers and education, health and care plans. The cabinet office has published a list of the key worker categories.

This is an unprecedented and extremely difficult situation. Coronavirus (COVID-19) will lead to more questions than there are answers over the coming days and weeks. Those governing will want to support their schools the best way that they can at the same time as dealing with their own personal circumstances. They will also be considerate of the enormous task that staff have in ensuring continuity of education and making the reduced provision work on the ground.

NGA are producing information sheets on a regular basis containing key messages about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), schools and governing boards taking into account the evolving situation and the implications for school governance.

Guidance is also on available on continuing the business of the governing board during these challenging circumstances. This guidance covers business priorities and other business; the work undertaken by panels; taking urgent decisions; and holding virtual meetings successfully.

View updated guidance on Business continuity and holding virtual meetings with FAQs April 2020

Blog: read the experience and advice of three boards holding virtual meetings April 2020

Download the information sheet number 4 2 April 2020

Download the template annex to the child protection policy (BrowneJacobson)

Download guidance on Business continuity and holding virtual meetings March 2020

Download the information sheet number 3 19 March 2020

Download the information sheet number 2 18n March 2020

Download the information sheet number 1 12 March 2020

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NGA GOLDline - The NGA Advice Service

GOLDline - The NGA Advice Service

NGA's GOLDline Advice Service is now available to all governing boards that have questions about maintaining their business in the current circumstances. You can contact GOLDline by emailing gold@nga.org.uk or by calling 0121 237 3782. NGA GOLD members are asked to make a request through the usual route.

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