COVID-19 Resources for Students

We have gathered a list of resources and guidance about coronavirus to share with parent carers, children & young people and education, health and social care practitioners. This page will be kept under review and new resources added to the categories as they become available. We hope that you find this information useful.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Child Trends and EMT Associates, Inc.

How schools should respond to pandemics: This resource includes text of state statutes and regulations – as well as noncodified guidance from state health and education agencies – that relate to pandemic planning for schools.

Johns Hopkins University

Mapping 2019-nCoV: Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases mapped by Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

National School Boards Association

COVID-19: Preparing for Widespread Illness in Your Community – A Legal Guide for School Leaders: This document provides guidance to school boards regarding planning for COVID-19 challenges in their districts. (Created with input from NASN)

Government Guidance

  • Department for Education (DfE) Coronavirus Helpline. The DfE have set up a helpline offering guidance for anyone with education related questions. The number is 0800 046 8687, and lines are open 8am-6pm (Monday – Friday), and 10am – 4pm (Saturday and Sunday).

Families and Disabled Children & Young People

  • Contact – Coronavirus: Information for families with disabled children. A list of information for families with disabled children. Information includes: children with health needs; coping at home; coronavirus, welfare benefits and money. Read here.
  • Disabled Children’s Partnership (DCP) – A wealth of resources for families, covering a range of information, activities and condition specific advice. Read here.
  • Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) – Specific resources for the families of children, young people and adults with severe learning disabilities who display behaviours that challenge. Read here. CBF have produced a schools re-opening resource with information relevant to children and young people with severe learning disabilities. This resource is based on government guidance for England but includes links to guidance for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read here.
  • Limb Power – Limb Power have created online adaptive fitness sessions for children and young people with limb difference. You can watch the home workouts on Tuesday and Thursday mornings on Limb Power’s Youtube channel. Watch here.
  • Internet Matters – Internet Matters have launched a new website to help to support parents, carers, and young people with additional learning needs to stay safe online. They have created this hub to offer tailored advice on how to connect safely online across a range of social platforms. Read here.

Learning Resources to Support Home Schooling

  • Department for Education: home learning resources for children and young people with SEND. Read here.
  • BBC Bitesize: learning from home. Daily lessons includin videos, quizzes and practice activities for year groups 1-9. View here.
  • BBC – Parents Toolkit: SEND. SEND resources, activities and support to help you and your family during lockdown. Read here.
  • My Tutor – Homeschooling during COVID-19: How One Family is Doing It. Read here.
  • University College London – Homeschooling children with SEND: a series of information resources to help parents, carers and families support pupils with SEND at home during the period of school closures. Read here.
  • Topmarks – educational activities and resources for all school subjects and key stages. Read here.
  • Save the Children: webpage includes family learning activities and guidance on how to talk to children about coronavirus. Read here.

Health practitioners

  • Royal College of Nursing (RCN) clinical guidance for managing coronavirus for those across the health and social care workforce. Read here.
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child’s Health (RCPCH)
    • Guidance for clinicians about the shielding of clinically vulnerable children and young people. Read here.
    • Guidance for health professionals working in paediatrics and child health. Read here.
    • PIMS: the COVID-19 linked syndrome affecting children – information for families. Read here.
  • Health Education England information for Allied Health Professionals during the coronavirus outbreak. Read here.
  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) COVID-19 advice hub. Read here.
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) COVID-19 advice. Read here.
  • Royal College of Psychiatrists, guidance for psychiatrists and other healthcare professionals working in mental health settings. Read here.
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT): information, resources and FAQs from the RCOT to support occupational therapists throughout the evolving COVID-19 emergency. Read here.
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapists – advice for physiotherapists on taking care of mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read here.
  • NHS England update in regards to Mental Health, Learning Disabilities and Autism: responding to COVID-19, 15th March 2020: first of a series of updates to share information with chief executives of mental health trusts and other mental health service providers, including the independent and third sectors, as well as regional teams and local colleagues. Read here.
  • NHS England- Managing capacity and demand within inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities and autism services for all ages. Published 25th March 2020. Read here.
  • NHS England guidance for providers of community services and how they can release capacity to support COVID-19 preparedness and response, inc. prioritization of services for SEND inc. therapies, community paediatrics and special school nursing- Published 20th March 2020. Read here.
  • NHS England letter: supporting allied health professionals and allied health professional support workers during the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK, 19th March. Read here.

Social Care practitioners

  • Care Act easements: guidance for local authorities. This guidance sets out how Local Authorities can use the new Care Act easements, created under the Coronavirus Act 2020, to ensure the best possible care for people in our society during this exceptional period. Read here.
  • 39 Essex Chambers – Coronavirus Act 2020: Social care and SEND guidance note. Read here.
  • Carers UK – Coronavirus guidance for carers. Read here.
  • Social Work England – Information and advice for social workers, students, employers and course providers. Read here.
  • Local Government Association, ADASS and CPA. Social care provider resilience during covid-19: guidance for commissioners. Read here.
  • Mental Capacity Law and Policy – resources relating to coronavirus and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Read here.
  • Community Care – Deprivation of liberty: emergency guidance due to help social workers deal with coronavirus impact. Read here.

Education practitioners

  • National Education Union – Coronavirus advice. Read here.
  • National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers – Information and advice for members. Read here.
  • E-bug – e-Bug is a free educational resource for classroom and home use and makes learning about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection fun and accessible for all teachers and students. They have produced an e-book about classroom bubbles, series of lesson plans, posters and more. Read here.
  • Be Ready – will be providing a free, online, interactive platform for secondary school teachers and pupils that will now feature curriculum content. To request a free platform sign up here. School leaders can have a look at the platform here.
  • Mentally Healthy Schools – A variety of resources that can be used to ensure pupil mental health and wellbeing is being maintained. Read here.