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Chief Medical Officer: “If you keep children out of school, every single one of the children you keep out of school is disadvantaged”

The country’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty, has said that it is “absolutely universally accepted that there are huge advantages for children to be in school”.

An open letter from Education Secretary Gavin Williamson to parents, carers and guardians

Gavin Williamson, Education Secretary

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has written an open letter to parents, carers and guardians following the news that all primary schools, secondary secondary schools, special and alternative provision schools, colleges and further education settings will be opening to all pupils …

Prime Minister announces that schools and colleges will return from 8 March at the earliest

In Parliament yesterday Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that schools will not return after February half term and that we hope it will be safe to commence the reopening of schools from Monday 8 March If we achieve our target …

When will schools reopen to more pupils? Your questions answered

Schools and colleges will open to more pupils as soon as possible as this is best for pupils’ education and wellbeing. But the decision to reopen schools to more than just vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers is dependent on pressures on the NHS. The decision to restrict attendance …

How we’re supporting schools in the run up to Christmas and 2021 exams

This week the Prime Minister reiterated the importance of children being in school and restated his commitment to ensuring learning continues in classrooms across the country.

What the new national restrictions mean for education settings

Student wearing face mask

On Saturday the Prime Minister announced that, from today, the country will enter a new period of national restrictions until at least 2 December. Unlike the last national lockdown in the spring, this time schools, nurseries and other education settings …