Education Planning Group: Update... 27 July

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In today's update:

Welcome to the summer!

dan barton

Dear Colleagues,

We're into the start of the second week of the summer holidays and I know many of you will be having a well deserved break. The September Education Planning Group is continuing it's work and we'll be providing weekly progress updates (you should have received this on Friday but widespread internet problems meant that was not possible). As we get closer to term restarting i would expect the frequency of communications to increase again.

As we know, there is a lot of work to do to prepare. The Group met last week and it's clear that good progress is being made across the different workstreams. Today's update brings up to to speed with where we are on some of the key pieces of work.


Dan Barton

Assistant Director, Education and Skills

Planning for a recovery curriculum

The Learning Improvement Service have produced a slide pack and set of activity sheets to support planning for the delivery of a ‘recovery curriculum’ in the autumn term. The pack is based on the successful work of  Barry Carpenter et al in New Zealand following the Christchurch Earthquake and the Think Piece on COVID. It also incorporates trauma informed recovery research, as well as leadership research from the University of Manchester.

The aim is to both inform and provide open-ended questions for discussion to support individual settings in their planning.



School transport update

We are still awaiting DfE guidance around school transport. Preparatory discussions are taking place between key teams in the Local Authority and the recently published Scottish guidance is being reviewed for indications of a possible approach. Once the guidance is published we will be communicating with transport providers, parents and pupils as well as schools to explain how thigs will work here. We are also working with Active Cumbria on plans to promote active travel options and reduce demand for bus places.

COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan: Reminder

Settings are being reminded that Cumbria’s COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan has been published and is being consulted upon until 31 July. The plan includes specific provision for education settings.

If you wish to comment on the plan it is available at

HR guidance forthcoming

Human Resources colleagues at the Local Authority have met with other schools HR providers to discuss a consistent approach to HR challenges that may arise in September. A guidance document has been shared with a core development group for comment and has been circulated to Trade Unions this week for their input. Following final review the guidance will be circulated to all colleagues.