Part of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Education, universities and childcare

Guidance about nurseries, schools, colleges and universities

Children and young people in England:

  • are at a very low risk and rate of severe illness from current variants – the benefits of them being in an education setting continues to significantly outweigh the COVID-19 health risks
  • will no longer be in bubbles or be required to self-isolate if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • should stay at home and get a PCR test if they have any of the main COVID-19 symptoms
  • are advised to take 2 rapid lateral flow tests at school (3 to 5 days apart) at the start of term, followed by twice weekly testing at home
  • can get support to help them catch up or to boost their wellbeing

You can read more about changes to education in Scotland, changes to education in Wales and changes to education in Northern Ireland.

Guidance and support

For parents and carers, including schools, childcare, nurseries

For university students, and people in higher or further education

Managing a school or early years setting

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All coronavirus education, university and childcare information on GOV.UK