The government has announced that schools, colleges, and early years settings will be closed from Friday 20th March 2020 to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to Coronavirus. The schools will remain closed until further notice.
Examples of these key workers include NHS staff, police and supermarket delivery drivers who need to be able to go to work to support the country’s fight to tackle coronavirus. A full list of workers can be seen here.
Children with a parent or carer who is listed on the government’s critical worker list should be considered for a school place, so long as their job cannot be done from home. Please note that there is no obligation to send your child into the school if you fall under one of these categories. You may already have someone at home that can look after your child or you may prefer them to stay at home and undertake their school work there.
What about GCSE and A-levels exams?
All exams have been cancelled. The calculated grade process will take into account a range of evidence including, for example, non-exam assessment and mock results, and the approach will be standardised between schools and colleges. Ofqual is working urgently with the exam boards to set out proposals for how this process will work and will be talking to teachers’ representatives before finalising an approach, to ensure that the approach taken is as fair as possible. Pupils who do not feel their calculated grade reflects their performance will have the opportunity to sit an exam, as soon as is reasonably possible after schools and colleges open again. Students will also have the option to sit their exams in summer 2021. More information can be found at gov.uk