Updated: Monday 18th May 2020.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
- Stay at home as much as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Limit contact with other people
- Keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- Wash your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Recent Government Guidance
We are constantly updating ourselves on the most up-to-date information through the governments advice, and so can you. Please see the following link for the most up to date information in regards to schools and educational settings: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-schools-and-other-educational-settings
We are very much aware that it is a stressful, worrying and unsettling time for all of us, however, please do be patient. We are working around the clock to ensure that we can keep you all informed.
17th May 2020:
The number of recorded deaths rises by 170 to 34,636. The daily increase is the lowest since the day after the lockdown restrictions were introduced.
16th May 2020:
Anne Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England, urges the government and teaching unions to “stop squabbling and agree a plan” to reopen schools, warning that the closure of schools is impacting negatively on disadvantaged children.
15th May 2020:
Government scientific advice says that the R number has increased slightly from between 0.5 and 0.9 to between 0.7 and 1.0, closer to the rate at which infections could start to exponentially increase. The figures are said to be “consistent with” the fall in cases in the community and the rise of cases in care homes, but are based on data from three weeks previously, so the effect of easing the lockdown measures is unknown.
Government scientists and teaching unions hold talks in a bid to safely reopen schools. The British Medical Association voices its support for the unions over their concerns about the safety of resuming classes.
14th May 2020:
The number of recorded deaths increases by 428 to 33,614.
A total of 126,064 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the most recent 24 hour period, the highest number to date.
From swab tests between 27 April and 10 May, they estimate that 148,000 people, or 0.27% of the population, had COVID-19 at any given time during those two weeks. This implies roughly 10,000 new cases per day.
13th May 2020:
Lockdown measures are eased in England, allowing people to spend more time outside, meet someone from another household providing it is on a one-to-one basis and they practise social distancing, and play physically distanced sports, such as golf. Garden centres are also allowed to open. House moves and viewings are now permitted under the changes.
The UK economy is shrinking at the fastest rate since the late 2000s global recession, Chancellor Rishi Sunak says it is “very likely” the country is in a “significant recession”.
12th May 2020:
Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends the UK’s furlough scheme until October, with employees continuing to receive 80% of their monthly wages up to £2,500. A quarter of the workforce, some 7.5 million people, are now covered by the scheme, costing £14bn a month.
11th May 2020:
Teaching unions express their concern at government plans to reopen schools on 1 June, describing them as “reckless” and unsafe.
10th May 2020:
The UK government updates its coronavirus message from “stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives” to “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”.
A recorded address by Boris Johnson is broadcast at 7pm in which he outlines a “conditional plan” to reopen society, but says it is “not the time simply to end the lockdown this week”, and describes the plans as “the first careful steps to modify our measures”. Those who cannot work from home, such as construction workers and those in manufacturing, are encouraged to return to work from the following day, but to avoid public transport if possible. The guidance on the number of outdoor exercise periods will be lifted from Wednesday 13 May.
A new alert scale system is announced, ranging from green (level one) to red (level five), similar to the UK’s Terror Threat Levels.
8th May 2020:
Mark Drakeford, the First Minister of Wales, extends the lockdown restrictions for a further three weeks but with some minor changes. People are allowed to exercise outside more than once a day and councils can plan for the reopening of libraries and tips. Some garden centres can also reopen.
7th May 2020:
A further 539 recorded deaths take the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 30,615. Nicola Sturgeon extends the lockdown restrictions in Scotland for another three weeks, but says they could be changed if there is evidence it is safe to do so.
5th May 2020:
The number of recorded deaths rises by 693 to 29,427, giving the UK the highest number of COVID-19 related deaths in Europe.
3rd May 2020:
An NHS contact tracing app designed to track and prevent the spread of COVID-19 will be trialled on the Isle of Wight during the forthcoming week.
1st May 2020:
The number of recorded deaths increases by 739 to 27,510.
30th April 2020:
Boris Johnson says the UK is “past the peak” but the country must not “risk a second spike”, and announces that he will set out a “comprehensive plan” for easing lockdown “next week”. Captain Moore celebrates his 100th birthday. His appeal to raise money for the NHS reaches £32m.
29th April 2020:
The Secretary of State for Education says that the reopening of schools will take place in a “phased matter”.
28th April 2020:
The number of recorded deaths rises by 586 to 21,678. At 11am the UK holds a minute silence to remember key workers who have died from COVID-19.
27th April 2020:
The government announces that the families of NHS and care workers who die because of COVID-19 will be entitled to a payment of £60,000. The number of recorded deaths from COVID-19 rises by 360, taking the total to 21,092. This is the lowest daily rise for four weeks.
26th April 2020:
The number of recorded deaths rises by 413 taking the total to 20,732. The figure of 413 is the lowest daily total in April.
23rd April 2020:
The first human trials of a coronavirus vaccine in Europe begin in Oxford. The number of recorded deaths increase by 616 to 18,738.
21st April 2020:
Matt Hancock says the government is “throwing everything” at developing a vaccine as he announces £42.5m for clinical trials.
20th April 2020:
Online applications for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are opened, with 67,000 claims registered in the first 30 minutes.
19th April 2020:
The number of recorded deaths increases by 596 to 16,060, a lower increase than previous days.
18th April 2020:
The number of recorded deaths rises by 885 to 15,464.
17th April 2020:
Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends the subsidised wage scheme for furloughed workers for another month, to the end of June.
16th April 2020:
A 99-year-old war veteran, Tom Moore, completes 100 laps of his garden, eventually raising over £25 million for NHS Charities Together. Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab announces a three-week extension to the nationwide lockdown, as the number of confirmed UK cases surpasses 100,000.
15th April 2o20:
NHS England and the Care Quality Commission begin rolling out tests for care home staff and residents as it is reported the number of care home deaths are rising.
12th April 2020:
Boris Johnson is discharged from hospital. The number of people who died from coronavirus in the UK passes 10,000, after a daily raise of 737.
9th April 2020:
Boris Johnson is moved out of intensive care, but remains in hospital.
7th April 2020:
The number of reported deaths increase by 786, taking the total to 6,159.
6th April 2020:
The death toll from COVID-19 in the UK has exceeds 5,000. The total number of reported cases is nearly 52,000. Boris Johnson is taken into intensive care.
5th April 2020:
Queen Elizabeth II makes a rare broadcast to the UK and the wider Commonwealth.
27th March 2020:
Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for COVID-19.
26th March 2020:
The government announces that the self-employed will be paid 80% of profits, up to £2,500 a month.
25th March 2020:
Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19.
23rd March 2020:
Boris Johnson announces a UK-wide partial lockdown, to contain the spread of the virus. The British public are instructed that they must stay at home, except for certain “very limited purposes” – shopping for basic necessities; for “one form of exercise a day”; for any medical need; and to travel to and from work when “absolutely necessary”.
20th March 2020:
Chancellor announces that the government will pay 80% if wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month.
18th March 2020:
UK death toll exceeds 100, with 32 new cases, taking the total to 104. The government announces that al schools in the country will shut from the afternoon of Friday 20th March, except those looking after key workers and vulnerable children. No exams will take place this academic year, Education Secretary Gavin Williamson confirms.
17th March 2020:
NHS England announces that from 15 April all non-urgent operations in England will be postponed, to free up 30,000 beds to help tackle the virus. The UK coronavirus-related death toll rises to 71, while the number of confirmed cases of the illness rises to 1,950.
16th March 2020:
The UK death toll from the pandemic reaches 55, with the number of cases passing 1,500.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson advises everyone in the UK against “non-essential” travel and contact with others, to curb coronavirus, as well as to work from home if possible and avoid visiting pubs, clubs or theatres.
15th March 2020:
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says that every UK resident over the age of 70 will be told “within the coming weeks” to self-isolate for “a very long time” to shield them from coronavirus.
14th March 2020:
A further 10 people are reported to have died from COVID-19, almost doubling the UK death toll from 11 to 21.
13th March 2020:
The Premier League 2019–2020 season is suspended, amid a growing list of worldwide sporting cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19.
8th March 2020:
A third death from coronavirus is reported, as the number of cases in the UK reaches 273, the largest single-day increase so far.
6th March 2020:
The Prime Minister announces £46 million in funding for research into a coronavirus vaccine and rapid diagnostic tests.
5th March 2020:
The first death from coronavirus in the UK is confirmed, with a total of 115 having tested positive.
2nd March 2020:
The government holds a COBRA meeting to discuss its preparations and response to the virus, as the number of UK cases jumps to 36.
28th February 2020:
The first British death from the disease is confirmed; a man quarantined on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.
25th February 2020:
Government guidance states that travellers returning from Hubei, Iran, and certain regions of South Korea should self-isolate on reaching home or their destination, even if they have no symptoms.
6th February 2020:
A third case of coronavirus is confirmed in the UK.
31st January 2020:
The first two cases of coronavirus in the UK are confirmed.
25th January 2020:
The Foreign and Commonwealth office advices against all travel to China’s Hubei Province, where the city of Wuhan, the original epicentre of the outbreak, is located.