Advice for parents on school closures

School Re-openings

From the week commencing 1 June at the earliest, the Government will be asking primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups. They will ask secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges to offer some face-to-face support for year 10 and year 12 students (and equivalents) who are due to take key exams next year, alongside the full time provision they are offering to priority groups.

For further information about school re-openings please click here

Government Measures

The Government has announced a range of packages to support schools and parents. Measures include:

  • schools being given provision to continue to offer meals to children who are eligible for free school meals - more information is available here.
  • cancellation of public exams this year
  • cessation of Ofsted inspections and there will be no publication of performance tables.
  • the Government working with exam boards, UCASA and Ofqual to make sure children are awarded qualifications

For further information click here or call the Department for Education Customer Service Line on 0800 046 8687.

Your school should also be providing comprehensive educational activities for pupils at home. You should contact them directly for more information. 

    What jobs are regarded as critical workers (key workers)?

    In order to continue to offer critical services as part of the country’s ongoing response to the virus, children of workers who form a central part of effort - such as NHS workers, police and delivery drivers - will be able to continue to attend school, college or childcare provider.

    Critical workers include NHS staff, police, farmers and food retail workers, who need to be able to go out to work - the full list of those included is here.

    This page was last updated on Monday 21st May