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COVID-19 Update Rss

Posted on: March 20th 2020

As the COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving situation, the Federation is monitoring daily guidance from Public Health England, the Foreign Office and the Department of Education. Our academies have been briefed on the latest advice and will be regularly updated via the appropriate channels as well as a direct update site which can be found here. 

How serious is the coronavirus?

The virus itself has a number of flu-like symptoms which include a continuous cough, sustained fever and in some cases, a difficulty in breathing. According to advice and guidance given by Public Health England, it is not serious for most people, including children. There is currently no vaccine however increased rest and following through with self-isolation where necessary for 7-14 days is advised.

Teaching and support staff

Teaching and support staff across academies and the wider Federation are working hard to support students through this time. Whether it is through implementing remote learning programmes, digital support areas or developing new ways to deliver resources, free school meals and or any other support our young people may need. Centrally, we understand the concern and are taking every step to assist and manage how best to move forward in support of all 48 of our academies.

Appropriate measures are in place

Again, as this is a rapidly evolving situation, we are adapting our contingency processes to follow. We have put measures in place to ensure we can manage the recruitment processes during this time. Using technology like Skype to conduct remote telephone interviews alongside pre-screening and precautionary practice for onsite interviews, our priority is to ensure health and safety across our sites for everyone.  

Contacts and links to more information

If you have any questions about your application or any other queries contact the Careers team here.

For questions about COVID-19 related to education, staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline: 0800 046 8687 or send an email to:

Links to COVID-19 information

NHS COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Advisory Information

Harris Federation COVID-19 Update site


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