Gavin Williamson to 'rule out pupils return after February half-term'

Now children might not return to school until after EASTER: Gavin Williamson will 'rule out pupils going back into classrooms after February half-term' within days All children had been set to return to schools after the February half-term Sources suggest reopening could be pushed back until mid-April or even May  Students in GCSE and A-Level likely to be prioritised due to exams preparation Comes as another blow to Education Secretary Gavin Williamson 

By William Cole For Mailonline

Published: 09:32 GMT, 24 January 2021 | Updated: 09:32 GMT, 24 January 2021

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Parents could be home schooling their children for months to come as the return to the classroom is set to be pushed back again.

It is believed that Gavin Williamson, the Education Secretary, will within days rule out the full reopening of schools after the February half-term break.

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While no exact date has been reported, headteachers and education leaders expect the push-back could be as late as April or even May.

This means that under-pressure parents will have to manage their own work alongside almost half a year of home schooling, with schools having broken up for the Christmas break in mid-December.

A government source told the Sunday Times: 'We are in this for the long haul. We are going to start giving parents more information so they can start managing their expectations. Although we have not arrived at an exact date when we think schools will go back, it will not be after half-term.'

Parents could be home schooling their children for months to come as the return to the classroom is set to be pushed back again (stock photo)

Parents could be home schooling their children for months to come as the return to the classroom is set to be pushed back again (stock photo)

On January 4, the government announced that schools would close the next day after a short reopening because of high infection rates across the country. 

Mr Williamson then said that parents and teachers would be given two weeks notice for the full reopening of schools.

'What we will be wanting to do is to give schools as much notice as possible so teachers can get ready, children can

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