Who is classed as a vulnerable child in school?

Some students will still be able to attend school during lockdown (Picture: Getty)

All primary and secondary schools across England have been forced to close with millions of children now working from home.

Schools will only remain open for those who are classed as ‘vulnerable’ or have parents classed as key workers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown in England on Monday, January 4 that is expected to run beyond the next review date in mid-February.

While nurseries will remain open during the third lockdown, all other schools and colleges have closed in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Schools will remain shut until at least mid-February (Picture: Getty)

But some children will still be going to school while their class-mates study remotely.

Mr Johnson had previously allowed students to return to school on Monday before going back on his decision.

‘Because we now have to do everything we possibly can to stop the spread of the disease, primary schools, secondary schools and colleges across England must move to remote provision from tomorrow, except for vulnerable children and the children of key workers,’ he said at the start of the week.

On Wednesday, January 6 he insisted schools would be the ‘first to reopen’ but could not guarantee exactly when that would be.

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Who is classed as a vulnerable child in school?

According to government guidance, vulnerable children and young people include those who:

  • Are assessed as being in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989, including children and young people who have a child in need plan, a child protection plan or who are a looked-after child
  • Have an education, health and care (EHC) plan and it is determined, following risk assessment, that their needs can be as safely or more safely met in the educational environment
  • Have been assessed as otherwise vulnerable by educational providers or local authorities (including children’s social care services), and who could therefore benefit from continued attendance. This might include children and young people on the edge of receiving support from children’s social care services, adopted children, those at risk of becoming NEET (‘not in employment, education or training’), those living in temporary accommodation, those who are young carers and others at the provider and local authority’s discretion.

On Wednesday, January 6 the Department for Education also confirmed pupils with with no access to laptops can still come to school for classes during lockdown.

For more information on the government’s guidance visit the website.

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