Schools and nurseries remain closed to all pupils except children of keyworkers and vulnerable children but will begin reopening in phases starting 1 June. Early Years settings, Nursery Classes, Reception, Years 1 and 6 are amongst the first to be back in school in smaller settings.

We are working with all schools and partner agencies to support risk assessments and action planning and ensuring all possible precautions, advice and guidance are in place.

Schools are responsible for making information on their specific arrangements available.

We will continue to respond to and disseminate guidance as and when it is made available by the government.

Secondary schools and further education colleges are also preparing to begin some face-to-face contact with Year 10 and 12 pupils who have key exams next year.

The government’s ambition is for all primary school children to return to school before the summer for a month if feasible.

Special schools, special post-16 institutions and hospital schools will work towards a phased return of more children and young people without a focus in specific year groups.

Children will only be welcomed back to school from 1 June provided that the five key tests set by the government are met, including that the rate of infection is decreasing and the enabling programmes set out in the recovery strategy are operating effectively.

Support vulnerable children and young people

Vulnerable children and young people across all year groups continue to be expected to attend educational provision where it is appropriate for them to do so (that is, where there are no shielding concerns for the child or their household, and/or following a risk assessment for the children with an EHC plan) so they can gain the educational and wellbeing benefits of attending.

Guidance: Supporting vulnerable children and young people during COVID-19.

Supporting your children’s education during COVID-19

No one expects parents to act as teachers, or to provide the activities and feedback that a school or nursery would. Parents and carers should do their best to help children and support their learning while dealing with other demands.

Advice on how education can continue at home for children:

Parents of secondary school children should contact their school for guidance.

Alongside any work your children received from school, you can try using online educational resources covering various subjects and age groups. These have been recommended by teachers and school leaders.

Educational programmes to help children learn at home are available from the BBC.

Have regular conversations about staying safe online and tell your child to speak to you if they come across something worrying online.

Mental health and wellbeing

The change of routine and staying at home may make this a difficult time for some children. Public Health England has published advice on how to support your children’s wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak.

Further government guidance on education and children covering:

  • Pupil wellbeing and safety
  • Closures, exams and managing a school or early years setting
  • Funding and support for education providers
  • Student accommodation, travel and financial support
  • Further and higher education and vocational training
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