Government sets legal duty on schools to provide remote education

The government has published a Temporary Continuity Direction, regarding the provision of remote education in schools, under the Coronavirus Act 2020. The Direction, which comes into force on the 22 October and continues throughout the academic year, states that all state-funded school age children must be provided with “immediate access to remote education” should they miss school due to coronavirus.

Previous guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE) stated that schools were “expected” to provide immediate access to remote education to pupils should they miss school due to coronavirus.

The government has published a remote education good practice guide as well as announcing new remote education support to help children learn at home if they have to self-isolate, including an additional 100,000 laptops to be made available for those children most in need.