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Revealed: Full list of areas where primary schools face indefinite delay in return

Written by on 30 December 2020

Hundreds of thousands of pupils face a delay returning to many primary schools in England due to high rates of coronavirus.

The government is implementing a “contingency framework” in areas with very high rates of incidence or transmission of the virus – in many London boroughs and across the South East.

Children of key workers will still be able to attend, and early years provision will continue.

The framework says where primary schools need to, they should use remote education – by teaching online.

The closure of primary schools will be reviewed after 13 January and by 18 January, Boris Johnson has said.

According to Sky News analysis, the London schools alone have more than half a million pupils. The schools in Essex, Kent, and the other counties may have as many as 300,000 more.

The London borough of Redbridge was added later, after the government admitted it had been mistakenly left off the earlier list.

The list of areas affected are:

LONDON

Barking and Dagenham

Barnet

Bexley

Brent

Bromley

Croydon

Ealing

Enfield

Hammersmith and Fulham

Havering

Hillingdon

Hounslow

Kensington and Chelsea

Merton

Newham

Redbridge

Richmond-Upon-Thames

Southwark

Sutton

Tower Hamlets

Waltham Forest

Wandsworth

Westminster

ESSEX

Brentwood

Epping Forest

Castle Point

Basildon

Rochford

Harlow

Chelmsford

Braintree

Maldon

Southend on Sea

Thurrock

KENT

Dartford

Gravesham

Sevenoaks

Medway

Ashford

Maidstone

Tonbridge and Malling

Tunbridge Wells

Swale

EAST SUSSEX

Hastings

Rother

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE

Milton Keynes

HERTFORDSHIRE

Watford

Broxbourne

Hertsmere

Three Rivers