Research and analysis

Evidence summary: COVID-19 - children, young people and education settings

DfE papers summarising evidence in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly around children, young people and education settings.

Applies to England



The paper should be viewed in context. It is the best assessment of the evidence at the time of writing.

The picture is developing rapidly and the Department for Education regularly reviews data, analysis, evidence and advice from a number of different sources.

These include:

  • the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE)
  • the UK Health Security Agency
  • the Office for National Statistics
  • other relevant sources
Published 22 February 2021
Last updated 24 November 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added 'Analysis on the use of face coverings policies in secondary schools and COVID-19 absence rates' PDF, and an Excel and Open Document which contain the underlying data for the analysis.

  2. Added 'Evidence summary: COVID-19 - face coverings in education settings January 2022'.

  3. Added the 'Evidence summary: COVID-19 for July 2021' publication.

  4. First published.