The department has asked primary schools to welcome back children in nursery, Reception, year 1 and year 6, alongside priority groups (vulnerable children and children of critical workers), from 1 June. From 23 March to 1 June, education and childcare settings remained open to priority groups.
We recognise that some primary schools may not be able to open to additional children from 1 June for a number of practical reasons. We will be working with local authorities and Regional Schools Commissioners across the country to identify and understand any local issues. If a school is facing particular challenges then we stand ready to support them to ensure they can open more widely as soon as possible.
From 15 June, secondary schools can invite year 10 and 12 pupils (years 10 and 11 for alternative provision schools) back into school for some face-to-face support with their teachers, to supplement their remote education, which will remain the predominant mode of education for these pupils this term. Priority groups can continue to attend full-time.