Schools and nurseries - COVID-19 service updates

The government has announced a further lockdown for England

Everyone is required to stay at home, except for a few very specific purposes: 

  • essential shopping
  • for work, if you absolutely cannot work from home
  • exercise
  • to seek medical assistance (including to get a Covid-19 test).

Visit the GOV.UK website for guidance on the national lockdown: stay at home


Schools, colleges, early years - update 5 January 2021

Following the government’s announcement on a further lockdown for England, all primary and secondary schools and colleges must move to remote learning until February half term, except for vulnerable children and children of key workers.

The government has allowed early years provision to remain open. You should check with your provider for further details.



Department for Education Coronavirus helpline

There is a helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

Telephone: 0800 046 8687  (8am to 6pm - Monday to Friday)
Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk