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Only children of key workers, primary school children and secondary school year 11 and 13 will return to school in January, a cabinet minister has confirmed.
Michael Gove told Sky News the Government plans to send a select group of kids back to school on January 4.
Primary school children of all ages will go back to school in the new year, Mr Gove said, as well as kids of key workers.
Secondary school children will be kept back however, except for year 11 and 13, who are studying for their GCSE’s, BTEC and A-level exams.
Mr Gove the Government hope to return the rest of the school population to the classroom a week after that on January 11.
Speaking to SkyNews, Mr Gove said: "Our plan is that primary schools will go back but with secondary schools it will be the case that next week only children in Year 11 and Year 13 – those who are doing their GCSEs, their BTECs, their A-levels – those will go back.
"And also children of key workers and children who are vulnerable and need the support and care that schools that can provide.
"Other children in secondary schools won't go back for a week after that."
He added that the government will "always keep things under review" but said teachers and headteachers have been working hard to implement a new testing regime.
The new testing programmed is designed to make sure "children and all of us are safer" and comes amid a rise in Covid cases.
Mr Gove said: "We always keep things under review but teachers and headteachers have been working incredibly hard over the Christmas period, since schools broke up, in order to prepare for a new testing regime – community testing in order to make sure that children and all of us are safer.
"So we do keep things under review but that is the plan."
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