Schools and education

You can visit GOV.UK to find the latest guidance about the current national lockdown.

How this is affecting schools and childcare provision

  • nurseries and childminders are to remain open and nannies can still work in the home
  • primary, secondary schools and colleges will remain open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers, all other children will learn remotely until February half term, alternative arrangements are being considered with Ofqual regarding exams in the summer
  • note use of term “critical” rather than “key” and there is a separate definition of what is a critical worker in this guidance which is narrower than previously:

“Parents whose work is critical to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and EU transition response include those who work in health and social care and in other key sectors outlined in the following sections of the guidance.

This guidance will be reviewed and updated once the regulations are passed through Parliament."