Support and guidance for schools during COVID-19 (Human Resources)

Background

On Monday 22 February 2021, Boris Johnson announced that all pupils will return to schools and colleges from the 8 March, as part of the government’s roadmap for leaving lockdown.

All schools, colleges and further education settings should allow full attendance from 8 March. Wraparound childcare, including childminders, should also allow attendance for eligible children. School attendance will be mandatory for all pupils, with secondary schools and colleges able to phase return over the week of 8 March to allow students to be offered testing on return.

The usual rules and duties around school attendance are in place from 8 March (including mandatory attendance). All schools should communicate expectations about regular attendance to pupils and parents. Schools should identify pupils at risk of disengagement and develop plans to re-engage them.

Events and government action change rapidly and we will present the latest position as soon as it becomes clear. Please be mindful that there is often a time-lag between the announcement of a measure and the detail behind the decision, which is required for decision making. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information is correct at the time of publishing, all links to external government websites should be checked regularly for the latest official advice. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

We hope that you find the following list of frequently asked questions helpful. For further advice or support please contact your usual HR provider.

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Last Updated: 5 March 2021