Government update on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Update following Boris Johnson’s address to the nation at 7pm on Sunday 10th May

The Prime Minister’s much awaited address to the nation on Sunday night provided some outline details of the government’s plan for the move from the strict lock-down over the coming days, weeks and months. In brief summary, in relation to education the stated hope of the government is for Primary students to return to school first, with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6 being the year groups highlighted for a potential return on Monday 1st June. 

In his address, the Prime Minister made reference to his hope for secondary students who willgovern be sitting exams next year (meaning current Year 10 and Year 12 students) to be able to return at some point before the summer holidays:

“Our ambition is that secondary pupils facing exams next year will get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays. And we will shortly be setting out detailed guidance on how to make it work in schools and shops and on transport.”

There are no set dates for this as it will be entirely dependent on the Reproduction rate of the virus in the coming weeks. We are also waiting for the Government’s 50 page document to provide much greater detail on his statement, but in reality it suggests that Year 7-9 students are unlikely to be returning to school before September, and Year 10 and 12 students will need to wait for further government advice on a potential return date later in June/July if this is at all possible.

We will continue to update you as soon as further information becomes available in the days and weeks to come.