This information was last updated on 14 July 2021.
The Education Secretary confirmed on Tuesday 6 July that restrictions in education settings will end from Step 4, on Monday 19 July.
This means that from Monday 19 July:
From Step 4, NHS test and trace will carry out contact tracing in all education settings rather than being run by the school or setting. Those identified as close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test, and only need to isolate if they test positive. Children must self-isolate if they have symptoms of Covid or a positive test result.
The legal requirement to self-isolate for contacts of a positive case will end for everyone aged under 18. This means that from the autumn term, only those who test positive will need to self-isolate. Close contacts will be advised to take a PCR test.
Protective measures will remain in place for the autumn term in all education settings including:
Two onsite tests should be taken by each secondary school student on return, followed by twice weekly testing at home. The Government will review testing requirements by the end of September.
Click here for more information about Covid restrictions in education settings at step 4.
The Department for Education have also announced how students will be assessed and awarded their GCSE, AS and A levels this year. Students will receive grades awarded and determined by teachers, with pupils only assessed on what they have been taught. Fairness and flexibility are at the heart of plans to ensure young people can progress to the next stage of education or career.
Further details on teacher-assessed grades can be found here.
This information was last updated on 16 July 2021.
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