Education placement FAQs for coronavirus

Coronavirus (COVID-19) information for Sheffield Institute of Education students

Updated 9 July 2020

This information complements communications shared directly with students via email and on course BlackBoard sites.

The situation around coronavirus, as you will be aware, is a constantly changing picture. There are a number senior staff groups across the university which are focused on university activity for both staff and students in relation to this, and they are updating the college on a daily basis. The groups are being informed by the national guidance from the Department of Education, Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England. Students can find this updated guidance on MyHallam

Useful Information: 

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Public Health England advice 

Please read and follow this advice from Public Health England 

COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) - Sheffield Hallam University Advice  

Whilst on placement students are advised to follow the placement provider's policies and guidelines in line with local risk assessments. Students with any concerns should seek guidance and support from their Academic adviser or Course Leader. 

All students on placement

If you have a genuine emergency outside normal university working hours, you can use the emergency central number on +44 (0)114 225 8888. 

This site has been developed to provide easily accessible information about supervision, support, assessment and all the placement processes for both students and educators.

Frequently Asked Questions for students:

I am a new student. Will there be placements next year? 

Sheffield Institute of Education has worked with all their partners to ensure that placements will go ahead next year. Some of these may take place slightly later than normal to allow schools to return to their new normal. You will be informed of placement calendars during your course induction. 

I am a returning student. How will you ensure that placement activity missed during last year is caught up? 

Course Leaders are working on course design for next year to ensure that as much as possible any opportunities missed last year are factored into 20/21 placement opportunities. 

What about implications for Department of Education compliance on QTS Courses?  

In light of Covid-19, the Department of Education had amended the ITT criteria and the latest version can be found on

Frequently asked questions for schools and other settings:

Will Sheffield Hallam be routinely visiting students on placement? 

Department of Education guidance for full opening of schools was published on 2nd July 2020 and states that for visitors to schools:

‘Supply staff and other temporary workers can move between schools, but school leaders will want to consider how to minimise the number of visitors to the school where possible. Where it is necessary to use supply staff and to welcome visitors to the school such as peripatetic teachers, those individuals will be expected to comply with the school’s arrangements for managing and minimising risk, including taking particular care to maintain distance from other staff and pupils.’ 

In light of the above and through consultation with partners for at least Semester 1 placement activity, the Hallam partnership model of quality assurance aims to minimise the number of visitors to a school, and as such will be undertaken remotely. This will be kept under close review and will be guided by responses from Department of Education and Public Health England. 

Will it be possible for a member of Sheffield Hallam staff to visit the school if needed? 

If all involved with the placement deem a physical visit is needed, then local risk assessment procedures will be followed.

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