Educating children and young people
We’d like to welcome our children and young people back to school this autumn term. The government has made changes to its response to the Covid-19 pandemic and, as a result, some of the guidance has changed. There is now a focus on advising people how to protect themselves and others.
The government has updated its guidance to parents and carers about school, college and early years settings
The Department for Education also publishes this blog, which contains updates about schools and covid-19, as well as other information about education and learning
Please speak to your school if you have any concerns relating to Covid-19. They are advised to follow this government guidance and will be in touch with your about their own arrangements
Attending school this autumn – key points from the updated guidance
- With the easing of restrictions, children and young people are now able to enjoy more freedom and socialisation in their education and care settings.
- For example, pupils no longer need to remain in a consistent group (‘bubble’)
- It is a legal requirement to send your child to school
- As children will have potentially mixed with lots of other people during the summer holidays, all secondary school pupils and college students should receive two on-site lateral flow device tests, three to five days apart, on their return in the autumn term. Your child should then continue to test twice weekly at home until the end of September, when this will be reviewed
- Children are at very low risk of becoming seriously unwell from Covid-19
- Children aged 12 to 15 with specific underlying health conditions or who live with others at increased risk of getting seriously ill from Covid-19 are now eligible for the vaccine.
- Children and young people aged under 18 years six months who usually attend school who have been identified as a close contact to someone with covid-19 should continue to attend school as normal. NHS Test and Trace will inform affected individuals, children or their parents or carers that they have been in close contact with a positive case, and advise them to take a PCR test.
Drop-in vaccination clinics
Special drop-in vaccination clinics for 16-17 year-olds are currently being held in venues around Leicester and Leicestershire
Please keep an eye out for covid-19 symptoms and take your child for a PCR test if they have any. They will need to self-isolate until they get a test result
Children can get coronavirus, but they seem to get it less often than adults and it's usually less serious.
- a high temperature
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
- a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Some questions we've been asked by parents about self-isolation
You can also view the government guidance regarding self-isolation.
Face coverings are no longer a legal requirement and wearing one is now a matter of individual responsibility. However, it is recommended that they are worn in enclosed and crowded spaces where you may come into contact with people you don’t normally meet. This includes public transport and dedicated transport to school or college.
*Please be aware that if the number of covid-19 cases increase, a temporary reintroduction of face coverings may be advised
Appeals can be made if you feel an incorrect grade has been granted for A Level, AS Level or GCSEs granted this summer
Financial support to care for a child who is self-isolating
You may be eligible for a one-off Test and Trace Support Payment of £500 if your child has been advised to self-isolate by their education or childcare setting (even where they have not been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace).
School term dates from 2022/23 – 2026/27
School term dates for 2022/23 - 2026/27 have now been set, following feedback from our consultation on this we held during the summer.