The latest NGA information update for governing boards on the Coronavirus covers the announcement by the government 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 is publishing a list of the key worker categories.

This is an unprecedented and extremely difficult situation. It 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.

As well as the immediate priorities for governing boards the information update covers the approach that should be taken towards maintaining the urgent business of the governing board and dealing with time bound processes such as complaints and exclusions. It also refers to further support that NGA is planning, which includes guidance and a webinar on managing urgent business and making virtual meetings work.

NGA has made its GOLDline advice service provided to GOLD governing boards available to all governing boards that have questions relating to the information sheet.  

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