Education Planning Group: Update... 21 August

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Updated Public Health guidance forthcoming

The importance of clear local public health guidance for schools is understood.

The Director of Public Health is now reviewing all the current COVID-19 guidance and resources for schools and the intention is to provide a single comprehensive resource pack to support schools. 

The aim is to circulate this to all schools and education settings early next week in advance of term starting.

The resource pack will be updated as new guidance emerges.

#backtoschool campaign and LA letter to parents

The LA will be supporting the DfE's #backtoschool campaign ahead of term starting. The campaign's aim is to provide reassurance to parents and pupils about returning to the classroom. Expect to see coverage in the local media and social media.

Schools can also support the campaign themselves:

  • Share the initial social media posts using #backtoschoolsafely:

Letter to parents/carers

A joint LA/CASH/PHA letter will also be circulated to schools for onward distribution to parents, carers and Governors next week. The letter will set out the Cumbria context for schools reopening, highlighting the measures schools are putting in place but also stressing that there will be variation in how different schools respond that reflect their circumstances. The letter is intended to support schools in their conversations with parents and pupils.

GCSE results - data collation and analysis offer

Due to COVID-19, the DfE will not be collating, analysing and reporting data for this academic year. We are inviting secondary schools to participate in a voluntary data collation exercise.

Thank you to the eight schools who have already submitted their data.

If all Cumbrian secondary schools make use of this service it will be possible to generate a range of useful data, both for individual schools and the wider system. This would help to:

  • Analyse attainment gaps within the 2020 cohort i.e. disadvantage, SEND, girls in science, BAME groups to see what the picture is telling us and if there are particular groups we have to focus on, both within Cumbria and against the national results;
  • Use as background information to assist schools with planning for the curriculum in September, assist Further Education and Sixth Form Colleges to plan how they will work with the 2020 cohort, and to provide information to wider partnerships working with children and families, as well as employers and training providers;
  • Assist partnership working in evaluating the impacts of COVID-19 on children and families as we prepare for recovery.

Instructions for how to participate

  •  Simply send us the “EDI” file which you should have received this week.
  • The file which we need is the one which begins with an “R”.
  • Please upload the file to the School Portal using the instructions below
  • We can then import this file into the NCER system.
  • As soon as the data is successfully loaded into the system, it will be available to view once we have established a login for you.

How to upload the file to the Local Authority

  • Log on to the School Portal Home page.
  • Click on the ‘Returns to LA’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘Browse’ button and find the results (EDI) file on your system (which begins with “R”).
  • Click on ‘Continue’.
  • Select the ‘Secondary Predicted Outcomes 2020’ folder from the drop-down list next to ‘Return to’.
  • If there is no school identifier in the file name, could you add your school name or DfE number.
  • Click on ‘Save’.

If you have any queries about this, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Richard Corton, Senior Analyst, on 07919 293340 or by e-mail at:

Home to school transport guidance published

The Local Authority has now published home to school transport guidance for schools, pupils, parents and transport operators.

The guidance has been circulated to all schools this week and has been published on the CCC website

The guidance has also been promoted via the local media and social media to ensure parents and pupils are aware.


Summary of financial support for schools

Ahead of the start of term we are re-circulating the summary of financial support opportunities available to schools.