Guidance on keeping children safe in out-of-school settings – Friday 23 October 2020

This week I report on new guidance for keeping children safe in out-of-school settings as well as the DfE’s amendment to school guidance on keeping schools well ventilated and that students might need to wear additional clothing.

Keeping children safe in out-of-school settings
Information has been published by the DfE for providers, parents and carers on keeping children safe in community activities, after-school clubs, tuition, sports training and other out-of-school settings.

Allowing pupils to wear additional clothing in school
On Wednesday, the DfE stated that schools should consider allowing pupils to wear “additional, suitable indoor items of clothing” during the winter as classrooms get colder because of the need for ventilation.

In updated action for schools guidance, the DfE said increased ventilation “may make school buildings cooler than usual over the winter months” and in a section on school uniform, the guidance states that “while schools will want to maintain the benefits of their uniform, they may wish to consider allowing additional, suitable indoor items of clothing to be worn during the winter period in addition to the school’s current uniform.. Where this occurs, schools should ensure that no extra financial pressure is placed on parents”.