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Coronavirus information

Correct as of: 29th May 2020


Response to Coronavirus

The way our academies are currently operating in response to coronavirus (COVID-19) is fundamentally different to business as usual; however, there are a number of important safeguarding principles that remain the same:


  • with regard to safeguarding, the best interests of children must always continue to come first
  • if anyone in a school or college has a safeguarding concern about any child they should continue to act and act immediately
  • a DSL or deputy should be available
  • unsuitable people are not allowed to enter the children’s workforce and/or gain access to children
  • children should continue to be protected when they are online


Our processes in response to COVID-19 will not weaken our approach to safeguarding or undermine our policy. Where one of our academies need to collaborate and children and/or staff from multiple settings are clustered in one place, the principles in KCSIE and our guidance continue to apply. In particular, the academy that is acting as the hub in the cluster should continue to provide a safe environment, keep children safe and ensure staff and volunteers have been appropriately checked and risk assessments carried out as required.


The CEO will monitor government guidance and ensure headteachers and DSLs are informed of any information which will enable them to keep children and staff safe:


You can access SHINE’s revised child protection policy in light of COVID-19 and our individual academies policies via:


Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School:


Langold Dyscarr Community School:


Ranskill Primary School


Scotholme Primary and Nursery School


Whitemoor Academy (Primary and Nursery)


* These documents will be reviewed and adapted in accordance with the most recent guidance issued

Frequently Asked Information

  • Schools in England are closed for most pupils until further notice, but where possible they'll stay open (including during the Easter holidays) to look after:
  1. Children of critical workers (e.g. NHS staff, police, delivery drivers)
  2. Vulnerable children (e.g. children with a social worker or an EHC plan)
  • Full definitions for these two groups have now been released.
  • Exams due to be held in May and June are cancelled, including SATs, but pupils will still receive qualifications, calculated by exams boards based on teacher judgements and prior attainment.
  • Performance tables won't be published for this academic year.
  • Children on free school meals will get support from a national voucher system, which will be available as soon as possible. In the meantime, schools should see whether their existing catering service can prepare meals, use local initiatives, or buy vouchers directly from supermarkets and be compensated by the DfE later.