In the wake of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales confirming that schools will be shut to try and slow down the spread of COVID-19, the Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, has confirmed that schools in England will also close.
During his speech in the Commons, Mr Williamson has said that schools will remain ‘closed until further notice’ from Friday.
However, Mr Williamson also added that school places would remain open for “key workers” including NHS staff, emergency services personnel and delivery drivers.
During a news conference held immediately after Mrs Williamson’s speech, Boris Johnson said that the government is asking private schools and nurseries to also close and that financial assistance will be provided to schools ‘where it is needed’.
Mr Johnson added that the government would be making provisions to supply meals and vouchers for children eligible for free school meals and that where some schools are already doing this, then the government would reimburse the cost.
Exams that were due to take place in May and June will also be cancelled.
But Mr Johnson added that the government would ensure that students get the ‘qualifications which they need and deserve for their academic career.’
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