Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Schools and learning during the present COVID lockdown

Later today the Education Secretary will set out the steps the government is taking to support students in the months ahead, as it has, very sadly and as a last resort, been necessary to ask schools and colleges to shut once more in our efforts to tackle the virus and save lives. 

  • In taking the difficult decision to close schools and colleges across the country once again, it is essential that we support young people to learn at home, ensuring they have receive the best possible remote education and we have already delivered 560,000 laptops and tablets to students, with hundreds of thousands more on the way. 
     
  • Everyone understands that this decision will be felt most keenly by those students who were due to sit their A Levels and GCSEs in the summer, which is why the government is working alongside Ofqual to find alternative arrangements to these exams so it is possible to make sure these students receive the grades which reflect the hard work they’ve done, and will continue to do. 
     
  • Education continues to be a national priority – and the new national restrictions do not change that. We all know important each day in the classroom is to a child’s education, and it is vital that saving people from this virus, and the steps we must all take to fight it, do not come at the cost of our young people’s life chances. 

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