Educational Institutions: Coronavirus

Department for Education written question – answered on 31st March 2020.

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Photo of Lord Truscott Lord Truscott Non-affiliated

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to close schools, universities and colleges as a result of COVID-19; and if they have any such plans, when they intend to introduce such closures.

Photo of Baroness Berridge Baroness Berridge Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade) (Minister for Women), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

On 18 March, the Government announced that after schools shut their gates on 20 March, they will remain closed until further notice. That will be for all children except those of critical workers and the children who are most vulnerable.

The Government are expecting early years providers, independent schools. sixth forms and further education colleges to do the same.

Many universities and other higher education institutions are already taking necessary steps to keep their staff and students safe and, where possible, keep providing education. The Department for Education is confident that vice-chancellors are making the right decisions and will continue to support them to do so.

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