Education Update: COVID-19 Guidelines, Safeguarding, Support and Teaching Jobs


Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, the Prospero Team have rapidly responded to the changing situation to best support our teaching and support staff around the world.

Now that the Autumn term is well underway, we have outlined below the latest guidance and next steps in staying safe, links to UK jobs in education and other career opportunities. These include our free online courses that can help you continue your CPD and meet the changing demands of your job during COVID-19.

During Lockdown

We understand that this has been a very challenging time for many of our staff in education. The Prospero Team have been proud to fight for the welfare and opportunities of teachers around the world.

Our Directors created a hardship fund for those struggling and responded personally to hundreds of queries, passing on requests to payroll providers for furloughs, and lobbying industry partners, influencers, Government, HMRC and umbrella companies to push through urgent solutions which were desperately needed.

Free Online CPD

Prospero’s T&D (Training and Development) team made available their online accredited courses for free, so our teaching and support staff could continue their career development throughout lockdown.

Prospero Teaching’s Safeguarding Young People course offers free online training to safeguard students in your care. The CPD-accredited course covers everything you need to know when returning to the classroom this term, including social distancing and health practices, helping pupils catch up on missed learning opportunities and protecting vulnerable children.

Join the thousands of teachers who have already benefited from our expert in-house Training and Development Team – find out more about our courses.

COVID-19: Keeping You Up-To-Date

The UK Government continues to update guidance for schools and everyone in the education sector. You can read the latest guidelines here. 

The document published on 17th September covered updates on guidance for the full opening of schools setting out public health advice that schools and staff must follow to minimise risks and the latest processes to follow if anyone develops coronavirus symptoms. School management have been drawing up plans to comply with health and safety laws and address the risks, as have we at Prospero.

The set of necessary actions for school staff are grouped into ‘prevention’ and ‘response to any infection’ and are outlined in more detail below.

Prevention

1) Minimise contact with individuals who are unwell by ensuring that those who have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms, or who have someone in their household who does, do not attend school.

2) Where recommended, use of face coverings in schools.

3) Clean hands thoroughly more often than usual.

4) Ensure good respiratory hygiene by promoting the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach.

5) Introduce enhanced cleaning, including cleaning frequently touched surfaces often, using standard products such as detergents and bleach.

6) Minimise contact between individuals and maintain social distancing wherever possible.

7) Where necessary, wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).

Numbers 1 to 5 must be in place in all schools, all the time. Number 6 must be properly considered and schools must put in place measures that suit their particular circumstances. Number 7 applies in specific circumstances.

Response to any Infection

8) Engage with the NHS Test and Trace process.

9) Manage confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) amongst the school community.

10) Contain any outbreak by following local health protection team advice.

Numbers 8 to 10 must be followed in every case where they are relevant.

Essential Measures

  • a requirement that people who are ill stay at home
  • robust hand and respiratory hygiene
  • enhanced cleaning arrangements
  • active engagement with NHS Test and Trace
  • formal consideration of how to reduce contacts and maximise distancing between those in school wherever possible and minimise the potential for contamination so far as is reasonably practicable

How contacts are reduced will depend on the school’s circumstances and will (as much as possible) include:

  • grouping children together
  • avoiding contact between groups
  • arranging classrooms with forward facing desks
  • staff maintaining distance from pupils and other staff as much as possible

Working in Schools

Finally, we would like to remind you that if and when you work for Prospero in schools, please contact us immediately if you are unwell with any COVID-19 symptoms and/or have tested positive for, have been in contact with anyone who is unwell with COVID-19 symptoms and/or has tested positive for COVID-19.

Please remember that if you have returned from a country considered a risk by the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, you are required to self-isolate for 14 days.

You must follow all policies and procedures put in place by your school or client. This may include wearing a face covering and gloves which you should take with you for every booking.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 please follow the latest advice and guidance issued by Public Health EnglandPublic Health Wales, the NHS and the DfE (Safe working in education, childcare and children’s social care).

The NHS have created a useful flowchart to help decision making on which rules to follow.

Teaching Jobs and Opportunities

With schools now busier than ever, thousands of job opportunities are available for Autumn 2020 and beyond – take a look at our latest teaching jobs.

Prospero are closely supporting our teaching candidates throughout and beyond COVID-19 – get in touch to find out how we can help you.

An APSCO-accredited recruitment agency, Prospero has 20 years’ experience providing thousands of jobs and rewarding careers across the education sector. 

Take a look at our latest teaching vacancies.

Finally, please take care and look after yourselves in these challenging times.

Our very best wishes to you all,

Rob Grays and Lesley Phillips (Directors)

Prospero Teaching (a division of the Prospero Group)