Last Updated 1:46pm, 15 January 2021
National lockdown: Stay at home
Schools, colleges, special schools and alternative provision in Devon will remain open during lockdown for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
While there continues to be a low risk that children will be severely affected by COVID-19, the government recognises that schools must be included in the restrictions in order to have the best chance of getting the virus under control.
Early years provision will remain open during lockdown for all children so families should not see a change in their pattern of attendance. This includes childminders, nurseries, pre-schools, maintained nursery schools and school nurseries.
For all other school-aged children at primary and secondary schools and colleges, remote learning will take place.
Helping children learn from home
The GOV.UK website has published information and guidance to support parents and carers of children who are learning at home.
The BBC is also providing a range of resources to help you with home learning.
Provision of equipment and internet access
The Department for Education (DfE) is providing additional laptops and tablets to support children who do not already have access to a device to engage in remote learning.
Parents, carers and pupils cannot apply directly for laptops, tablets but you can contact your school who can request one on your behalf. The offer is to children considered to be vulnerable or disadvantaged, so please speak to your school about eligibility for a device. Secondary schools have already been invited by the government to order laptops and tablets, and primary schools will be invited to order them over the coming weeks, starting in the most disadvantaged areas in England.
The DfE is also providing support for pupils who have no internet access or who cannot afford increased data charges. You can again talk to your school, early help or social worker about how to access this support. Further information on this scheme is available on the government’s website
Free school meals
Where schools cannot offer food parcels or use local solutions, a national voucher scheme will be in place so that eligible children can access free school meals while they are remotely learning from home.
The government has said that is going to provide extra funding to support schools to provide food parcels or meals to children who are eligible for free school meals.
Where schools cannot offer food parcels or use local solutions, a national voucher scheme will be in place so that eligible children, who meet the qualification criteria due to low income, can access free school meals while they are remotely learning from home.
Further details on the national voucher scheme will be provided shortly.
In Devon, schools are working with their catering providers so that meals continue to be available to any eligible pupils still attending school – including all infants and those receiving benefits-related free school meals – as well as to eligible pupils who are now learning from home.