The Department for Education COVID-19 guidance for educational settings
Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education announced that from the end of Friday, the 20th 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)
- children with particular health or learning needs (those with EHCPs)
A confirmed list of key workers can be found here
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. Read more about how this will be done here
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 .
As a former teacher as well as being the local MP, I fully support the work being done by teachers and support staff in all education settings in Brentwood and Ongar. This is a huge challenge for all involved and the Education Secretary has not taken this decision lightly. However, 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.
Essex County Council has updated its coronavirus website with the latest news on school closures in the county here.