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Maintained Schools: Coronavirus

Question for Department for Education

UIN 173018, tabled on 22 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of collaborations between local authorities and trust and maintained schools in overcoming challenges related to the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

30 March 2021

Since March 2020, Regional Schools Commissioners have led Regional Education and Children’s Teams (REACT), each covering dedicated geographical areas. REACTs brought together existing Department staff from areas including education, children’s social care and special educational needs and disability, early years, and further education.

The role of REACTs is to pool intelligence and assess risks across local authority areas as part of the COVID-19 response. REACTs also identify common themes and issues to feed back to Ministers and to policy teams, and signpost to additional support and guidance.

REACTs are working with local authorities, academy trusts and others on a wide variety of issues throughout the response to the COVID-19 outbreak and have witnessed many examples of effective local collaboration between local authorities and different types of schools.