Schools across the UK officially closed their gates on Friday 20th March, but for the children of Key Workers, it was back to school as normal on the following Monday.

Schools have remained open for those pupils whose parents have been identified by the government as essential workers such as those employed by the NHS, police forces and other critical services, including in the food industry.

Schools have tried to keep class sizes as small as possible, to help restrict the spread of the coronavirus, and to help with social distancing.

The Department for Education, has also asked schools to make sure that they stay in touch with children who are not in school, but are considered to be vulnerable. Schools continue to provide access to free school meals and undertake safeguarding checks.

Matthew Hall, is the Deputy Head of a Middle school in Staffordshire, explained that part of the challenge has been ensuring sufficient staff are in place to teach children in such an uncertain time, with some colleagues having to self-isolate.

“Children of essential workers can be worried about their parents. We want them to come into school, both to learn but also enjoy themselves. The children have done everything from nature trails in our school grounds  to cooking sessions.”

MATTHEW  Hall, Ryecroft Middle School

 

Schools will remain open, over what would have been the Easter School Holidays except for Good Friday and Easter Monday.