COVID-19: Resources and support for #TrustLeaders

CEOs and their expert teams across our networks are making their resources and time available to support other trusts and schools who may need it at this challenging time. In particular, trusts may need help and advice around:

– Online learning platforms – Safeguarding policies/procedures during school closures/partial closures – Managing suppliers during closures – Communications re closures / uncertainty – HR support  – IT support

CEOs who are offering to take calls from others who may need advice

  • Gary Wilkie (Learning In Harmony Trust): South Midlands
  • Cathy Anwar (Summit Learning Trust): West Midlands
  • Wayne Norrie (Greenwood Academies): East Midlands
  • Paul Stone (Discovery Trust): East Midlands
  • Andy Brown (Ad Astra Academy Trust): North East
  • David Strudley CBE (former CEO of children’s hospices and Forum Strategy Associate): West Midlands
  • Mandy Coalter (Leading HR expert and Forum Strategy Associate)
  • Jayne Foster (Ethos Academy Trust): Yorkshire & the Humber) inc. Special Schools
  • Rebecca Meredith (Transform Trust): East Midlands
  • Ros McMullen (Former CEO and Forum Strategy Associate)
  • Prof. Toby Salt (Former CEO and Forum Strategy Associate)
  • Ann Davey (Pathfinder Schools): East Midlands
  • Steve Taylor (Robin Hood MAT): West Midlands
  • Peter Rubery (Falibroome Trust): North West
  • Helen Rowland (Focus-Trust): North West
  • Nick Osborne (Maritime Trust) South Midlands and London
  • Martina Lecky (Vanguard Learning Trust): South Midlands and London
  • Sir Steve Lancashire (REAch2 Academy Trust); National

Please contact us at to be put in touch.

Resources and specific support from Trusts:

  1. FAQ’s – specifically about school operations. Parents evening, assembles lettings and much more to do with day to day detail of running a school
  2. Teaching resources for student self-guided learning  – English, maths, science, history, business studies, + advice on distance learning.
  3. Document on wellbeing for primary and secondary.

The latest on the Coronavirus Emergency Bill and implications for schoolsBriefing here

The Key are continuously providing updates and update guidance on the situation:

They have a team of colleagues dedicated to (at least daily) pulling together all the relevant guidance from official sources; in order to best support academy trust and school leaders to remain up-to-date with the very latest advice and guidance. Whether or not you are currently a member of The Key, their resource hub – ‘Coronavirus (COVID-19) – what you need to know’ – is free to access and contains a wealth of excellent information; including:

  • Links to the latest public health guidance;
  • Advice regarding preparing for operating with skeleton staff; pupil absence; and potential school closure;
  • Preparing for remote learning;
  • Sharing information with parents and the community;
  • Managing trips and travel; and
  • Perhaps most importantly of all – talking to pupils about coronavirus

Further information can be found:; and via the resource hub:

Please Note: Forum Education Limited updates are intended to help colleagues keep up to date with national developments. Information is correct at time of writing and is offered in good faith. No liability is accepted for decisions made on the basis of the information given and we cannot guarantee the accuracy or compliance of the materials provided. Briefings are not intended to be exhaustive and some developments will not be included. Whilst we take due care to ensure web links are to reputable sites, we cannot be responsible for the content of external websites. Our briefings are for the intended recipient only and should not be forwarded, reproduced or edited.


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