Advice for parents on school closures

School Re-openings

Since 23 March, in line with the scientific advice, nurseries, schools and colleges have remained open to a priority group of children and young people, children of critical workers and vulnerable children

The government are starting to reopen schools by reopening nurseries and other school years:

  • Primary schools should now be open for Reception.
  • Year 1, and Year 6 pupils and if schools have capacity they can welcome more children back, in group sizes of no more than 15, before the summer holidays.
  • Schools and colleges should provide some face-to-face support for Year 10 and Year 12 pupils.
  • Early years (aged 0-5) childcare should also be open to children.

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 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 1st July.