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19/03/20

 

 

Schools, colleges and early years settings to close

 

Yesterday Gavin Williamson, the Secretary of State for Education, announced that as part of the country’s ongoing response to COVID-19, schools, colleges and early years settings have been asked to close to everyone except children of key workers and vulnerable children from Monday 23 March.

 

A full list of key worker categories will be published by the Cabinet Office later today. We will share this with you once this information is made available.

 

Where schools are unable to provide this reduced provision, local authorities will work with the Department for Education’s regional teams to ensure an alternative option is available.

Further details on this announcement can be found here:

The Department is working through the policy implications of this announcement and, over the coming days, will be sharing with you the further information that you need.

 

Update on assessments and examinations 

Yesterday, we confirmed that we will not go ahead with assessments or exams, and that we will not be publishing performance tables for this academic year. Tomorrow we will provide greater clarity on how students and young people will be awarded the examination results that they deserve.

 

New free school meals guidance

We have confirmed that we will give schools the flexibility to deliver meals or provide shop vouchers to children entitled to free school meals if they are no longer attending school, either due to closures or as a result of self-isolating at home

 

COVID-19 Helpline

 

A helpline has been created to any questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

 

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

 

  • Updates on COVID-19 can be found here.

 

  • Travel advice for those travelling and living overseas can be found here.

 

  • Guidance for Educational settings can be found here.
  • Temple Meadow Primary School and Nursery,
  • Wrights Lane, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, B64 6RH
  • Telephone 01384 569 021 
  • Email: tm.admin@meadow.sandwell.sch.uk
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