The Prime Minister mentioned colleges might want to supply distant studying till at the very least mid-February and GCSE and A-level exams face cancellation for a second 12 months.
Mr Johnson mentioned the brand new measures had been vital “as a result of we’ve got to do all the pieces we presumably can to cease the unfold of the illness”.
Solely weak youngsters and youngsters of key employees can be allowed to attend colleges for face-to-face studying, and early years settings similar to nurseries will stay accessible.
Nonetheless, Mr Johnson stays “very cautious” concerning the timetable, with restrictions being lifted as a “gradual unravelling”.
These entitled to free faculty meals will proceed to obtain them throughout closures, and extra units can be distributed to assist distant studying, in accordance with Mr Johnson.
The Authorities had insisted colleges would stay open solely a day earlier than the brand new measures had been introduced, reassuring mother and father it was “secure” to ship their youngsters again for the beginning of time period on January 4.
However the transfer prompted backlash from 4 nationwide educating unions, who referred to as for the delay seen throughout London to use to all colleges in England amid issues the new pressure of Covid-19 poses a risk to academics.
Anne Longfield, the Youngsters’s Commissioner for England has referred to as for academics to be vaccinated “as a precedence”.
The Telegraph reported on January 9 that training consultants warned that Britain wanted to massively broaden its military of tutors to stave off the long-term financial injury of Covid-19 from misplaced studying.
What are the principles for youngsters of key employees and weak youngsters?
The Division for Schooling (DfE) mentioned youngsters with at the very least one guardian or carer who was a vital employee may attend class – even when mother and father had been working from dwelling.
It got here after issues had been raised concerning the dangers of transmission of Covid-19 amid stories that greater than half of pupils had been onsite in some major colleges.
A DfE spokesperson mentioned: “Faculties are open for weak youngsters and the kids of vital employees. We count on colleges to work with households to make sure all vital employee youngsters are given entry to a spot if that is required.
“If vital employees can do business from home and take care of their youngsters on the identical time then they need to accomplish that, however in any other case this provision is in place to allow them to supply very important companies.
The DfE additionally mentioned that colleges had been anticipated to “strongly encourage” weak youngsters to attend class.
Susceptible youngsters may embrace “pupils who could have problem participating with distant training at dwelling” on account of an absence of units or a quiet area to review, in accordance with the recommendation.
What do Tiers imply for colleges?
The brand new lockdown measures imply the complete nation can be topic to the identical more durable measures, together with the closure of all colleges. This means the tier system is just not presently in place.
Each faculty had been instructed to attract up plans to make sure youngsters proceed to obtain an training even when they’ve to remain at dwelling.
Mr Johnson mentioned on the announcement of closing colleges: “I need to stress that the issue is just not that colleges are unsafe to youngsters.
“The issue is that colleges could nonetheless act as vectors for transmission, inflicting the virus to unfold between households.”
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When will secondary colleges reopen?
All colleges will stay closed till mid-February, with the likelihood that these measures might be prolonged additional.
This implies most secondary faculty pupils will keep at dwelling till at the very least the February half-term.
Are there any adjustments to exams?
Gavin Williamson, the Schooling Secretary, introduced on January 6 that GCSE, A-Stage and AS exams won’t happen this summer time.
Exams can be changed by instructor assessments, with Mr Williamson saying that the federal government “will put our belief in academics, somewhat than algorithms”. The Schooling Secretary has additionally said that the Division for Schooling and Ofqual had already labored up a spread of choices.
Particulars are presently being finetuned, however it is going to be a “type of teacher-assessed grades, with coaching and assist supplied to make sure these are awarded pretty and constantly throughout the nation”.
How will testing in colleges work?
The Authorities had beforehand set out a plan for each secondary faculty to check as many pupils and employees as attainable once they reopened.
It’s not but clear if colleges will nonetheless be required to mass take a look at pupils after the most recent faculty closures have ended.
The plans said that 40,000 volunteers must be recruited by secondary colleges to mass take a look at their pupils, in accordance with Authorities paperwork.