Coronavirus: 'On the edge of safety' – How schools have handled the most difficult of weeks

The pressure for a blanket closure of UK schools has been building for days and the decision to shut down finally came yesterday. Dorothy Lepkowska looks at how schools and others have been reacting throughout a very difficult week in education

The closure of thousands of schools because of the coronavirus outbreak is an unprecedented move in modern times – and one that takes both the government and the education system into uncharted waters.

In another first, whole cohorts of children and young people will not be sitting SATs, GCSEs or A levels this summer. The Department for Education (DfE) is to work with the exams regulator Ofqual and awarding bodies “to ensure children get the qualifications that they need”.

The pressure for the closure of UK schools has been building for days and yesterday (Wednesday, March 18) saw the UK government and the devolved administrations make the decision to shut down.

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