Advice for parents on school closures

School Closures

As of Friday 20th March schools will be closed until further notice, other than for:

  • the most vulnerable children (those who have assigned social workers)
  • children of key workers (including NHS staff, police and delivery drivers with more details to follow)
  • children with particular health or learning needs (those with EHCPs)

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care.

  • If it is at all possible for children to be at home, then they should be.
  • If a child needs specialist support, is vulnerable or has a parent who is a critical worker, then educational provision will be available for them.
  • Parents should not rely for childcare upon those who are advised to be in the stringent social distancing category such as grandparents, friends, or family members with underlying conditions.
  • Parents should also do everything they can to ensure children are not mixing socially in a way which can continue to spread the virus. They should observe the same social distancing principles as adults.
  • Residential special schools, boarding schools and special settings continue to care for children wherever possible.

Full details around the closure of schools and other educational settings can be read here , this page contains the following information:

If you would like to read more about the Government's Guide to vulnerable children and young people, 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.
  • schools to be asked to remain open over the Easter holidays for those children identified above.
  • 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 .

    Last updated Monday 6th April - detailed information will be posted as it is announced.