DfE publishes partial closure guidance

Much of the guidance isn't new, and there's nothing you need to act on right now. Get up to speed on the key changes so you can support your school leaders.

Last reviewed on 8 January 2021
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  1. What's new
  2. What it clarifies
  3. Next steps

The DfE has re-published its 'guidance on full opening' with some new details and under a new name: Restricting attendance during the national lockdown: schools

It mainly brings together and clarifies the various updates that have been going on in the education sector this week.

What's new

Children with at least one parent or carer who is a critical worker can go to school if required This includes children who have another parent working from home There's no limit to the number of children of critical workers that can attend Your school leaders can ask for evidence (like an ID badge or payslip) to prove someone is a critical worker Pupils struggling to engage in remote education may be classed as vulnerable and able to attend in person Nurseries, maintained nursery schools and nursery classes in schools should remain open to all Your school leaders are expected to allow all children to attend full time or their usual hours (but only

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