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Legal duty on schools in England to provide remote learning to pupils at home because of Covid-19 announced

Thursday 22nd October 2020

A new legal duty on schools in England to provide remote learning to pupils who are at home because of Covid-19 has been announced.

Schools are now expected to offer pupils not in class because they are self isolating or their school is shut because of local or national restrictions,  the same lessons as those in class.

This does not apply to children who have been kept out of school because of parental choice or post 16 students.

The new legal duty published yesterday by the government, is outlined here in something called a continuity direction https://www.thegazette.co.uk/notice/3642261 together with an explanatory note: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/remote-education-temporary-continuity-direction-explanatory-note

Earlier this month, the Government published a temporary continuity direction about the provision of remote education under the Coronavirus Act 2020. The direction came into force yesterday and aims to reassure parents that schooling will not be disrupted if students have to self-isolate.

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