Date Published 18 March 2020
Schools across the UK will close from Friday until further notice, the education secretary has announced.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Gavin Williamson also confirmed that exams and assessments would not be held this academic year.
He told MPs: "I want to provide parents, students and staff with the certainty they need.
"After schools shut their gates on Friday afternoon, they will remain closed until further notice.
"This will be for all children, except for those of key workers and children who are most vulnerable.
"The scientific advice shows that the settings are safe for this small number of children attending, but asking others to stay will just go towards helping us slow the spread of this virus."
Mr Williamson said examples of key workers include NHS staff, police and delivery drivers.