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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 …

What does Covid Plan B mean for schools, colleges, universities and early years?

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Yesterday, the Prime Minister announced the implementation of Plan B of the COVID-19 Response: Autumn and Winter Plan, as a result of increasing pressure on the NHS. We have already increased safety measures across education settings and we set these measure out in a previous post on 28 November …

When will schools reopen to more pupils? Your questions answered

Schools and colleges will open to more pupils as soon as possible as this is best for pupils’ education and wellbeing. But the decision to reopen schools to more than just vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers is dependent on pressures on the NHS. The decision to restrict attendance …

Pausing daily contact testing and self-isolation of pupils and teachers: your questions answered

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Due to changing public health advice we are pausing the daily testing of pupils and school staff who have come into contact with positive cases in order to give time to evaluate whether this is an effective strategy in light …

Guidance on Free School Meals expectations while remote learning

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Last week, images and photos have circulated of lunch parcels delivered for children who are eligible for free school meals. Every child deserves quality nutrition, and the standard of these school meals shown on social media is not acceptable. We …

Ofsted Chief Inspector – “We cannot furlough young people’s learning”

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Children’s education has consistently been a national priority, which is why we want classrooms to reopen wherever possible in the new term. It is widely acknowledged that education is the best place for children and young people.