Yesterday, the government announced a staggered return to school in the New Year, for education settings with secondary aged pupils (including secondary schools, colleges and special schools with secondary-age pupils).
Individual schools will be confirming the revised start of term dates with families once they have determined whether they need the additional inset day the DfE has proposed to help them plan and train for testing in schools.
We are working closely with schools to agree a consistent and planned approached to testing in settings with secondary aged pupils to start from January. We are considering a phased approach to ensure this is managed safely. Once this is agreed schools will contact families to make them aware of plans for testing in schools and will seek appropriate consent.
Primary schools will return as normal and any testing is unlikely to start until February.
These measures do not apply to early years providers