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99.9% of schools are open – how new safety measures will help them stay open to the end of term

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Attendance is a top priority for the government as we know that being in school is vital both for protecting young people’s education and for their mental health. The latest statistics show that 99.9% of schools remain open and our guidance …

What the new temporary COVID-19 measures mean for early year settings, out-of-school settings, schools, colleges and universities

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On Saturday 27 November, the Prime Minister announced new temporary measures to “buy more time” for our scientists to understand the situation.

Can Christmas plays, nativities and other festive events in schools and nurseries go ahead this year?

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Christmas and nativity plays are one of our most cherished school traditions. Sadly last year many had to be cancelled but this year, as we are at a different stage of the pandemic and so many people are benefitting from …

Secondary school pupils should take at home Covid tests twice a week – here’s why.

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Regular testing is quick, easy, and free, and is key to catching the virus early and stopping it from spreading in our schools and communities. That’s why secondary school students and staff without Covid symptoms should be taking lateral flow tests …

A joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students in England on Covid-19 testing and vaccines from the Secretaries of State for Education and for Health and Social Care

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Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi and Health Secretary Sajid Javid have written a joint letter to parents of secondary school and college students to thank them for all their efforts in keeping education safe for all during the pandemic and talk …

Going to university? Here’s how to protect yourself from freshers’ flu, Covid, and other illnesses

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When students arrive for their first years at university there is often a wave of colds and other bugs that go around the student population – these are collectively referred to as ‘freshers’ flu’. It means that the good hygiene …

Removal of school ‘bubbles’ cuts disruption as more than 91% of pupils attend school

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Earlier this month, all pupils returned to schools following the summer holidays. Our latest attendance statistics help paint a picture of how Covid-19 is impacting schools, and we’ll continue to release attendance statistics throughout the year.