This short briefing addresses some key issues and FAQs in relation to schools and the Coronavirus outbreak

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The paper addresses:

  • The provisional plans for re-opening schools to more pupils in England.
  • The Department for Education’s guidance for schools and colleges in England on the precautions they should take and the groups of children they should prioritise.
  • The approach being taken in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • Data on current levels of school attendance in England.
  • Research on home learning environments and how children and young people in different circumstances may be affected by the school closures.
  • How exam grades will be awarded this summer, including in respect of home-educated pupils and other private candidates.

This is a fast-moving issue and the briefing should be read as correct at the time of publication.

  • Commons Research Briefing CBP-8915
  • Authors: Nerys Roberts, Shadi Danechi
  • Topics: Diseases, Schools

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