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Schools: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL5908, tabled on 18 June 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of how the ability of schools in England to reopen in September will be affected by (1) social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures, (2) staffing levels, (3) accommodation capacity, and (4) financial resources; and whether responsibility for these matters lies with (a) schools, (b) the Department for Education, (c) local authorities, (d) regional schools commissioners, or (e) academy trusts.

Answered on

1 July 2020

We want to get all children and young people back into education as soon as the scientific advice allows because it is the best place for them to learn, and because we know how important it is for their wellbeing to have social interactions with their teachers and friends. Our intention is for all children to return to school from September.

Within the next two weeks, we will publish further information and guidance to help schools prepare for September. We will be guided by the latest scientific advice and are working with the sector to ensure our guidance provides schools with the further details they need, including any protective measures that may be necessary to keep children and teachers as safe as possible, staffing advice and transport considerations.