School Closures

The Department for Education COVID-19 guidance for educational settings

Yesterday, the 18th of March, Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education announced that from the end of Friday, the 20th March, schools will be closed, other than for:

  • the most vulnerable children (those who have assigned social workers)
  • children of key workers (including NHS staff, police and delivery drivers with more details to follow)
  • children with particular health or learning needs (those with EHCPs)

Further measures include:

  • schools being given provision to continue to offer meals to children who are eligible for free school meals.
  • schools to be asked to remain open over the Easter holidays for those children identified above.
  • 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

Actions like these are unprecedented and complex further details will be provided as soon as they are announced but the press release from the Secretary of State can be read here .

This will be a big change and a big challenge for many of our local families and the Education Secretary has not taken this decision lightly but it has become clear that we must limit social interaction even more than we are currently doing in order to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) to ensure our NHS continues to have the capacity to treat the most unwell.

The National Literacy Trust has launched a free comprehensive online zone for parents seeking ideas and guidance for activities that will engage their children at home, whilst also benefiting their reading, writing and language development. You can view their advice here .

Further Clarification on Exam Grades

Students who have had exams cancelled with have grades awarded this summer by a formula taking into account numerous sources of data with a large input from their teachers. This formula is currently being drawn up and further information will be provided in due course.

Naturally, this may result in some students not receiving the grade they feel they could have, and arrangements will be made for those students to sit an exam as soon as is practicable once this crisis is brought under control.

More information can be found here.

This page will be updated with further details as they arise – last updated 20th March