Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for parents and carers

Information for parents and carers COVID-19 response updated January 2022

The government continues to manage the risk of serious illness from the spread of the virus. The Prime Minister announced on 19 January 2022 that the temporary introduction of Plan B is to end. As a result, they are removing those measures in the guidance for parents. This advice remains subject to change as the situation develops.

COVID-19 continues to be a virus that we learn to live with and the imperative to reduce the disruption to children and young people’s education remains.

In his statement the Prime Minister announced that the government will no longer require face masks in classrooms from 20 January. The Department for Education will remove national guidance on the use of face coverings in communal areas from 27 January, with local Directors of Public Health able to recommend the use of face coverings in education settings across their area where the department and public health experts judge the measure to be proportionate due to specific health concerns. This is a temporary measure and Directors of Public Health continue to advise individual settings experiencing positive case rates that are affecting staffing and attendance. 

Website: What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges (opens in new window)

Exam contingencies arrangements 2022

On Thursday 11 November, the DfE published an overview of the consultation outcome on the contingency arrangements for the award of GCSE, AS, A level, Project and AEA qualifications in 2022.

Read consultation outcome overview with contingencies decisions and response analysis here: Consultation outcome overview: Contingency arrangements: GCSE, AS, A level, Project and AEA - GOV.UK (opens in a new window)

Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered COVID-19 vaccine

On 13 September, the Health and Social Care Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, announced that people aged 12 to 15 in England will be offered one dose of the Pfizer or BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, following advice from the four UK Chief Medical Officers (CMOs). The government has accepted the advice of the four UK CMOs and the NHS is preparing to deliver a schools-based vaccination programme.

Website: Young people aged 12 to 15 to be offered a COVID-19 vaccine (opens in new window)

The Government have produced a variety of information about the COVID-19 vaccination for those children and young people who are eligible to have it.

Website: COVID-19 vaccination: resources for children and young people (opens in new window)

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