Schools across the country have closed in the face of surging Covid infections, as the UK's various governments attempt to clamp down on social interaction. Whether education is primary, secondary or university level, significant Covid pockets have cropped up due to a lack of provision for constant social distancing. The latest measures will protect children, their families and teachers, but could leave students with less access to technology at an educational deficit.
The original plan for schools was to have them closed through the worst of the pandemic.
Earlier this month, ministers proposed total closure until February - the first half term of 2021.
But the situation has since changed, and lockdown expectations with it.
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UK schools closed: Will schools open after half term? (Image: GETTY)
UK schools closed: Gavin Williamson said he would like schools to reopen before Easter (Image: GETTY)
Education secretary Gavin Williamson suggested he would like to see schools open before Easter.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, he said schools would get two weeks' notice before the policy changes.
He said the Department for Education would want to give schools "as much notice as possible" before reopening.
Mr Williamson said: "What we will be wanting to do is to give schools as much notice as possible so teachers can get ready, children can prepare, and parents know in order to manage their lives.
UK schools closed: Current Covid rules for the UK (Image: EXPRESS)