School 'bubbles' will remain in place until the end of the Summer term but they will then be scrapped and replaced by testing in time for the start of the new academic year in September.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the 'guidance on isolation of contacts will stay in place until the end of this term'.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
But from August 16 all under 18s will no longer be required to self-isolate if they are identified as a close contact of a positive coronavirus case.
Responsibility for tracking outbreaks will be transferred away from headteachers, with NHS Test and Trace being handed responsibility for containing outbreaks.
Pupils contacted by NHS Test and Trace as a contact of a positive case will be required to take a PCR test but they will only have to isolate if they themselves test positive.
The decision to scrap 'bubbles' comes amid rising alarm at the number of pupils being sent home.
Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said the 'guidance on isolation of contacts will stay in place until the end of this term'
The 'bubbles' policy will be replaced by a daily testing regime in time for the start of the next academic year in September
Current rules state that children have to self-isolate for 10 days if another pupil in their 'bubble' tests positive for coronavirus.
This has caused entire year groups to be sent home following outbreaks at some schools.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Official statistics showed last week that the number of pupils self-isolating at home had quadrupled in two weeks to 375,000.
Mr Williamson told the House of Commons this afternoon that changes will be made to rules in school as part of Boris Johnson's July 19 'freedom day' plans.
He said: 'Having balanced the risks, I am