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Why it’s important for eligible parents and families of primary age pupils to Get Boosted Now 

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Protecting face to face education and minimising disruption in schools due to COVID-19 and its variants is our number one priority. The single most effective measure we have to minimise the spread of the virus and therefore the disruption it …

Face masks in classrooms will no longer be required from 20 January and in communal areas from 27 January - what you need to know

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EDIT: This post was updated in July 2022 to ensure it reflects up-to-date guidance and information  Since January, we have advised that face coverings in classrooms in schools and colleges are no longer required, and face coverings in communal areas are likewise …

Isolation rules have changed – what does this mean for families and schools?

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This article contains out of date information about Covid-19 in schools. We no longer recommend routine testing. Please visit this link for up-to-date information. On Thursday 13 January the Health Secretary announced changes to isolation rules for people who have …

Ventilating classrooms to reduce the spread of Covid 19 doesn’t mean pupils need to be cold – here’s why

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Good ventilation prevents the virus hanging in the air and infecting people. Many areas of schools are already well-ventilated with plenty of air movement but we want to help schools identify where and when ventilation can be improved.

Everything you need to know about face coverings in schools and colleges – who must wear them, why they’re important and when will they stop having to wear them

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To maximise the number of children in school and college, the Government is temporarily recommending that face coverings are worn in classrooms and teaching spaces for pupils and students in year 7 or above, in light of the Omicron variant …

How good ventilation can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in schools and what we’re doing to help

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One of the key ways of helping to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including the Omicron variant, spreading in schools, colleges and early years settings is to make sure they are well ventilated. Here we look at why ventilation is …

How regular lateral flow tests, vaccinations and ventilation will help keep children in school: what the experts say

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We have been clear that closing schools to all but vulnerable children and children of key workers, as happened last January, is not something we will repeat. This is because the situation now is totally different to last year because …

What to expect when schools, colleges, universities and early years settings return after the Christmas break

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Schools, colleges, universities, and early years settings are getting ready to reopen after their Christmas breaks.

An open letter from Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi to education and childcare leaders

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Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has written an open letter to education and childcare leaders on the return to education settings in 2022 and what it will look like.