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Initial guidance on the reopening of schools and other education settings now published

11th May 2020

In his address to the nation yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that primary pupils may be able to return to school in stages, beginning with Reception, Year 1 and Year 6, after half term "at the earliest". Secondary pupils facing exams next year will "get at least some time with their teachers before the holidays".

On the afternoon of 11th May, the government published its COVID-19 roadmap, Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 recovery strategy, as well as as a number of other guidance documents over the course of the day. Sector-specific guidance for early years, schools and colleges was published in the evening as follows:

Actions for education and childcare settings to prepare for wider opening from 1 June 2020 (

Opening schools and educational settings to more pupils from 1 June: guidance for parents and carers (

We will be reviewing the HR implications of this guidance and will provide further information and advice over the course of this week.