The Department for Education COVID-19 guidance for educational settings
On the evening of the 18th March, 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 with more details to follow)
– children with particular health or learning needs (those with EHCPs)
– You can find a complete list 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.
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.
Further Details on Exams and Grades
On 20th March, the Department for Education published further details regarding exams and grades. You can find the complete departmental release here .
These measures include:
– Working with universities to enable flexibility with grade boundaries
– Grades will be awarded fairly to help those moving on to a career or high education
– Possibility of sitting exams at the beginning of the next academic year
This will be a big change and a big challenge for many of our local families and the department 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.
Home Schooling Resources
National Literacy Trust launches new online zone for parents to engage children and support learning at home as schools close
In response to school closures across the UK, 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.
Family Zone www.literacyfamilyzone.org.uk is a one-stop shop for families. Drawing on the charity’s expertise and incredible partnerships with teachers, authors, publishers, educational organisations, Family Zone will bring together some of the UK’s most exciting literacy resources and activities in one place.