From Frances Bartlett (Deputy DDE) Monday 23rd March:

Dear Colleagues

Today will have been a strange start to this week. Like you, we at ODBE have been seeking up to date information as to how the schools’ closures should be managed operationally and understand absolutely how difficult this has been to set up. My hope is that now that you have begun this new phase of provision for the children of Key Workers, this is a little more straightforward. As ever, please continue to remain in touch with your Link Adviser and the wider ODBE team if there is any way in which we can further support you. Towards the end of the week, please do email your Link Adviser to let us know which schools have been able to remain open and approximately how many children have been cared for;  likewise whether local hub arrangements have been set up and whether there are models we can replicate elsewhere. I don’t want this information to add to your burden at the current time, but it will help us to act quickly to support where we can.

We haves been working to ensure that the schools page of the Diocesan website is updated for you in the event that you wish to access resources from the team. The link will take you to these resources and we will be posting a prayer for each week for you, your school communities, and those serving in them. If there is more you would like us to share in this way, please do not hesitate to email me.

As you know, ODBE took the decision to suspend SIAMS inspections up to Easter. The Church of England Education Office (CEEO) has extended this suspension nationally ‘until further notice’. We will update you as soon as we know the timeframe for this suspension, and our support moving forwards for those schools expecting a SIAMS inspection in the coming months. Revd Nigel Genders, Chief Education Officer for CEEO has circulated a communication this morning with a message from the Archbishop of Canterbury.

We at ODBE wish you a smooth transition into the care for your school community at this time, you remain in our prayers.

With very best wishes


Links to various other church resources.

The Church of England website has a range of helpful material for praying and worship at home and other contexts

Guildford Diocese has produced some helpful material which may be of use to you. These can be found on their Covid-19 Resources pages

Westminster Abbey offers these Teaching Resources to everyone.