Advice for parents on school closures

The government has announced its plans for all year groups to return to school full-time from the beginning of the autumn term.

It has released guidance on these autumn re-openings, including separate guidance for early years, further education colleges and for special schools.

School Re-openings before Autumn 2020

Schools will be returning from the beginning of the Autumn Term. For full guidance on school reo-penings, 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 continue to be offered places in educational settings.

    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 3rd August 2020.