Coronavirus and your child's education


On Friday 20 March, UK schools were closed indefinitely to most pupils to minimise transmission of Covid-19.

See nation-specific information for current guidance on school closures and reopenings, and how governments are supporting children in the meantime:

Cancellation of GCSEs and A Levels this year

Exams have been cancelled for 2020 to give pupils, parents, and teachers certainty, and enable schools and colleges to focus on supporting vulnerable children and the children of key workers. You can find out more in this government publication about exams in 2020.

Easing of attendance law

The law on school attendance for children of compulsory school age has been temporarily relaxed. This means that you will not be committing an offence if your child is not attending school.