Coronavirus: Stagger break times for safety, says DfE

To effectively implement social distancing measures, the Department for Education (DfE) advises in guidance published late last night that class sizes are kept as small as possible and parents should be discouraged from gathering at school gates.

Government guidance says that by staggering lunch times, break times and any movement of pupils around the school, the chance of large groups of children gathering will be reduced.

It acknowledges that as social distancing measures will be harder to implement among very young children, staff should follow the measures as much as they are able to while ensuring pupils are safe and cared for.