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COVID 19: latest information and advice

Education and schools



See Richmond Council's press release on returning back to school (opens a new window)

See the letter to parents (pdf)

See the Returning to Schools guidance booklet for parents and families (pdf)


See Kingston Council's letter to parent & carers (opens a new window)



What parents and carers need to know about early years providers, schools and colleges in the autum term


Useful reading

This leaflet "Emotionally Related School Avoidance (opens a new window)" contains useful advice for parents and carers. Please note that the advice is general and was not written specifically about school avoidance to do with the Coronavirus situation. 



Get technology support for children and schools during coronavirus (COVID-19)

The Government announced (April 19th, updated 24th) proposals to supply laptops, tablets and internet connection to some children and young people who do not currently have the appropriate technology to access remote education or the means to stay in touch with social care services.

You can read the announcement on GOV.UK (opens a new window)

Who is eligible to receive digital devices and internet access

Laptops,tablets and internet access will be provided for targeted disadvantaged families, children and young people who do not currently have access to them. Eligible people are:

  • care leavers (age not currently specified)
  • children and young people aged 0 to 19 with a social worker
  • disadvantaged year 10 pupils 

People aged 16 to 19 without a suitable device for education will be eligible for support through the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund (opens a new window) Those offering 16 to 19 education should visit the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund to find out about eligibility for relevant funding and support.

Local authorities, trusts and other relevant organisations overseeing schools and social care can apply.  Schools, parents and pupils will not be able to apply for internet access or digital devices themselves.

AfC is overseeing the application process for all LA maintained schools. Academy Trusts will have received their own instruction on how to submit  a forecast.

Once we are in receipt of the devices, AfC will arrange the distribution of these to the identified families.  This may be to their home, or where appropriate to the school.  We are still finalising logistics so will be in touch at a later date with details.

For any further information please contact:

Edwina Gregory-Johnson, Senior Project and Policy Officer ( (opens a new window)