Statutory obligations and expectations

The Coronavirus Act 2020 and provision of remote education (England) temporary continuity (no. 2) direction expired on 24 March 2022 meaning that schools no longer have a legal duty to provide remote education.

Where possible schools should provide remote education to allow pupils to keep pace with their education when in-person attendance is either not possible or contrary to government guidance. Schools should therefore continue to be prepared to implement high-quality remote education so that any pupil who is well enough to learn from home, but unable to attend school in person, can continue to do so.

We have published guidance on remote education for schools. We will continue to work with the sector on this, learning from the many examples of excellent practice developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.