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Queen honours people for their contributions to education and childcare

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Every year on her official birthday the Queen honours people who have gone above and beyond in public service. The list, published today, includes a number of people honoured for their contributions to education. Among them are: Afia Choudhury OBE Afia …

Free school meals and other support for disadvantaged pupils - here's what you need to know

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NOTE: This post was updated on 20 October 2022 to refresh the number of pupils in receipt of Universal Infant Free School Meals and to make clearer the ways in which families can be eligible for free school meals. Every …

How we are improving the lives of children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

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We want all children to have the best opportunities in life, no matter their background. That’s why we have set out our vision for a SEND system that offers children and young people the opportunity to thrive, with access to the …

Childminders can continue to operate from home if someone in their house has tested positive for Covid

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From 17 March childminders can continue to operate at home if someone in a childminder’s household has tested positive or has COVID-19 symptoms. Here we answer some of the questions you might have about the changes in the guidance. I …

Vaccinations for clinically vulnerable children and young people– your questions answered

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This post was last updated on Tuesday 26 April 2022 to reflect the latest guidance. We understand that some parents and carers have concerns about COVID-19 vaccinations for children and young people. We have listened carefully to their worries and, …

How we plan to support families who choose home education through registers of children not in school

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There are a wide range of reasons why some families might prefer to home educate children. In the vast majority of cases home educating parents do an excellent job and that’s why we want to support families who want to …