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Schools in England shut early for summer as record numbers are forced to isolate

Heads say ‘terrible’ lack of guidance and anger among parents over holiday chaos have led to ‘grim situation’

Schools across England are closing early for the summer break or moving to online teaching as tens of thousands of pupils are forced to isolate at home amid soaring levels of Covid infection. At the same time, there is growing evidence of exasperation among parents, with some already taking pupils out of school rather than risk their children contracting the virus or having to isolate in the last few days of term.

“It is an absolutely grim situation and a depressing end to an academic year in which schools and colleges have been fighting to keep education running for their students despite waves of disruption caused by the pandemic,” said Geoff Barton, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders.

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