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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 …

Rapid testing kits will be delivered to nurseries from next month. Here’s what this means for you

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Ensuring young children can access the care, support and social interaction they need during these critical early years, is crucial to their development. This is why early years settings have remained open to all children throughout the current national lockdown. …

Taller than Mount Everest, heavier than almost 200 elephants and enough for every person in Liverpool and Leicester combined – find out more about the million laptops we have delivered to young people

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Official statistics published today show the government has delivered over one million laptops and tablets to those children who need them the most­ — a significant milestone that is helping ensure children can continue to receive the best possible education …

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 …

Pausing daily contact testing and self-isolation of pupils and teachers: your questions answered

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Due to changing public health advice we are pausing the daily testing of pupils and school staff who have come into contact with positive cases in order to give time to evaluate whether this is an effective strategy in light …

Guidance on Free School Meals expectations while remote learning

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Last week, images and photos have circulated of lunch parcels delivered for children who are eligible for free school meals. Every child deserves quality nutrition, and the standard of these school meals shown on social media is not acceptable. We …

School closures, remote learning, critical workers, nurseries and more: your lockdown education questions answered

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This week the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown to help combat the spread of Covid-19. This is a guide to what it means for schools, colleges, early years settings and more.

Ofsted Chief Inspector – “We cannot furlough young people’s learning”

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Children’s education has consistently been a national priority, which is why we want classrooms to reopen wherever possible in the new term. It is widely acknowledged that education is the best place for children and young people.