Maintaining education provision

Guidance on maintaining educational provision

The latest scientific advice on how to further limit the spread of COVID-19 is clear. If children can stay safely at home, they should. This is in order to limit the chance of the virus spreading. That is why the government has asked parents to keep their children at home, wherever possible, and asked schools to remain open only for children who absolutely need to attend. 

Schools are being asked to continue to provide care for a limited number of children:

  • Children who are vulnerable 
  • Children whose parents are critical to the COVID-19 response and cannot be safely cared for at home

Vulnerable children include children who are supported by social care, those with safeguarding and welfare needs, including child in need plans, on child protection plans, ‘looked after’ children, young carers, disabled children and those with education, health and care (EHC) plans. Government knows that schools will also want to support other children facing social difficulties and will support head teachers to do so.

Education provision will be prioritised for those whose work is critical to the COVID-19 response, or if you work in one of the following critical sectors and cannot keep your child safely at home:

  • Health and social care
  • Education and childcare
  • Key public services
  • Local and national government 
  • Food and other necessary goods
  • Public safety and national security
  • Transport
  • Utilities, communication and financial services

A further breakdown of these sectors and more information can be found here.