All schools shut and exams called-off as England is plunged into a THIRD lockdown


ALL schools are closed from tonight and GCSEs and A-levels cancelled.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said primaries, secondaries and colleges across England will be shut until at least the February half term.

All schools were shut last night until at least mid-February while exams including GSCEs and A-levels were cancelled
It comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced England will plunge into a third lockdown due to the new Covid strain

Schools will stay open only to vulnerable children and the offspring of key workers, with all other lessons switching online.

GCSE and A level exams are now cancelled for the second year running.

Kids on free school meals are expected to get supermarket vouchers to feed them following footballer Marcus Rashford’s high profile campaign.

Scotland’s schools have been shut until at least the end of February, and they will stay shut in Wales for a fortnight.

Mr Johnson said he was forced to order a second school shutdown as the mutant Covid strain is surging.

He said: “The problem is schools may act as vectors for transmission, causing the virus to spread between households.”

Kids on free school meals should get supermarket vouchers following footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson is said to be against the closure of schools

Health Secretary Matt Hancock pushed for them to be closed

Boris Johnson overruled Gavin Williamson as Michael Gove was also in favour of schools shutting down


Education Secretary Gavin Williamson argued against closures, HOAR was told.

But the PM overruled him after Michael Gove and Matt Hancock pushed for them.

A Whitehall insider said: “Schools are going to close for months and we are going to see a world of pain.”

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