Temporary Continuity Direction – New legal requirement

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A new legal requirement for schools to provide remote learning comes into force on 22nd October.DFE Logo

An explanatory note for this requirement can be found here.

  • The Direction comes into force 22nd October 2020 and will last until the end of the academic year (unless revoked).
  • It applies to community schools, community special schools, foundation schools, foundation special schools, voluntary schools, pupil referral units, non-maintained special schools, Academy schools and alternative provision Academies
  • Schools must provide remote education for classes, groups or individual pupils who are self-isolating, or where there are local or national restriction restrictions requiring them to stay at home.
  • Schools must have regard for the guidance issued about remote education, such as the guidance for full opening
  • The Secretary of State may apply for an injunction against the responsible body of any school which fails to comply with the Direction, requiring it to do so.

Support for remote education – resources and guidance  

The DfE has updated/published a range of guidance and resources to support schools in meeting this requirement: