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Coronavirus: All UK schools to close from Friday until further notice



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Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, has today announced all UK schools will close from Friday until further notice.

During his speech in the House of Commons, just after 5pm this afternoon, he said all the schools would close except to children whose parents are key workers like NHS staff, police and delivery drivers and the most vulnerable children.

He said: "Looking after these children will allow schools to serve the country during these difficult times."

Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, talking to Diss Express reporter Kevin Hurst when Mr Williamson was Defence Secretary. Picture: Mecha Morton. (31913191)
Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, talking to Diss Express reporter Kevin Hurst when Mr Williamson was Defence Secretary. Picture: Mecha Morton. (31913191)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on nurseries and private schools to do the same and offered financial support to make this possible.

He added: "By looking after the children of key workers they will be a vital part of the fightback against Coronavirus."

He also confirmed exams would not take place in May and June but said the Government would ensure students would achieve the qualifications they deserved from their academic careers.

Mr Johnson also called upon retired healthcare professionals to come back and help the NHS at this difficult time.



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