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School Opening Arrangements for January 2021 (updated 30 December)

by Sandra Issar

Please note: Since the publication of this article, a new national lockdown for England has been announced. It means all schools will now be closed to all but the children of keyworkers and vulnerable pupils. Read more here.


Following confirmation that Knowsley will move into Tier 3 at midnight on 30 December, more clarity has also been provided by the Secretary of State for Education regarding plans for schools to reopen in in January.

The arrangements for Knowsley are as follows:

All primary school children in Knowsley will return to school on 4 January

All vulnerable children or those of key workers will also be able to access face to face learning in schools from 4 January

Students in Year 11 and Year 13 will be taught remotely during w/c 4 January and will return to school in person on 11 January

Other pupils in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12 will be support by remote learning for the first two weeks of terms and return to lessons in person on 18 January.

Some schools may have an INSET on Monday 4 January, please check your child/ children’s school website for their term dates.

The Government has also confirmed that mass testing in secondary schools remains a key priority and work will begin to roll this out from the start of the new term. Teachers and students in exam years will be prioritised for testing and individual schools will be making their own arrangements which they will share with parents / carers.

It was also confirmed that plans for a staggered return for University students would continue with prioritisation being given to students requiring a practical / on campus element of their studies. Individual universities will have different arrangements in place.

Knowsley Council will continue to keep residents updated but parents / carers are asked to check directly with their child / children’s schools for any additional details or queries or visit www.gov.uk for updates on national advice and guidance.