Schools - coronavirus
Re-opening of schools from Monday 1 June 2020
In line with the government’s plan for lower, primary and middle schools to begin reopening, on a limited basis, beginning with the phased return of pupils in reception, year 1 and year 6 began on 1 June.
Re-opening of secondary schools, sixth forms and colleges from Monday 15 June 2020
From Monday 15 June, the government has advised that secondary schools, sixth form and further education colleges are able to offer face-to-face support for pupils in year 10 and year 12, and 16 to 19 learners in the first year of their course, to supplement their remote education. Schools and colleges will be able to have a quarter of pupils in these year groups in school at any one time.
Other children will continue to be supported to learn at home. You can read more on the government website.
How schools re-open
We have been supporting schools as they plan to get more pupils back to school as soon as it is safe to do so, with the first priority being the health and wellbeing of all pupils, their families and staff.
It is the schools’ responsibility to carry out a risk assessment of their position and report this back to our school improvement and learning and performance teams for review and, ultimately, the final decision on whether to open a school is with the governors and not our schools team.
Individual school surveys indicate that anywhere between 25-75% of pupils will return, but not all have responded and it remains a very fluid situation, with staff issues and space issues affecting many.
Our role is to:
- monitor provision
- co-ordinate activities across the authority
- support schools who cannot meet the expectations of the guidance
The government and Public Health England (PHE) have developed guidance on implementing protective measures which schools should put in place.
Schools will be updating parents with their plans, however, you could also go to an individual school’s website or social media profile to check whether it plans to re-open or not.
Emergency childcare provision
From 20 March this year, some schools and childcare providers continued to provide care for a limited number of children: children who are vulnerable, and children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home. Further information can be found on the the government's website.
Free school meals
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are temporarily extending free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).
This extension is temporarily in place to support families facing difficulties due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home.
On June 16, the government announced the extension of free school meals voucher scheme during the summer holidays. We will provide further information on this page, when it is available.
School admission appeals
Find out how school admission appeals are affected, in light of government advice.
Latest government advice
Advice for parents and carers
You may have many questions about everything that is happening at the moment. We have put together a page of useful resources that can help you find information and advice on topics such as childcare, health and wellbeing, critical workers, school opening and transport, family information and more.