Coronavirus: School Closures

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On 18 March 2020, the Education Secretary announced schools would be closed for the vast majority of pupils until further notice. You can find out more here .

They will remain closed until further notice except for children of key workers and vulnerable children, as part of the country’s ongoing response to coronavirus. A list of key workers can be found here .

Examples of these 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. Vulnerable children include those who have a social worker and those with Education, Health and Care Plans – a legal document that describes a child’s special educational needs and the support they require. Where possible, the Government will encourage settings to also look after key workers’ children and vulnerable children throughout the Easter holidays.

Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care. Children should not be looked after by older grandparents or relatives who may be particularly vulnerable to the virus.

For those children who rely on free school meals the Government will ensure that meals and vouchers are available. The government has also confirmed that the total value of vouchers offered to each eligible child per week will exceed the rate it pays to schools for free school meals, recognising that families will not be buying food in bulk and may therefore incur higher costs. The final amounts will be confirmed shortly.

The Government have asked nurseries, colleges and private schools to follow the Government’s lead in closing except for the children of key workers.

Exams will not take place as planned in May. More information can be found here .


The County Council is sharing a free e-book , written by a Southampton nurse, for parents and carers to read with younger children to help them understand coronavirus and the rules they must follow to stay safe. The e-book will be promoted by the Library Service on social media.

In order to assist home educators, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has made its extensive range of exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) activities and resources available, free to all children and parents. The education materials can be accessed at: